People affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in the Pulaski, Randolph and White counties must file their disaster unemployment assistance claims by June 5.
President Barack Obama amended the federal disaster declaration for Faulkner County on May 5 to include the three counties. Now, people who would not normally qualify for unemployment — such as self-employed individuals — may qualify for Federal Emergency Management Agency aid under the presidential disaster declaration, according to the Department of Workforce Services.
The first week to qualify for benefits ended May 10, and the last will end Nov 1.
In order to qualify for benefits, people must have become unemployed, been unable to reach their place of work or been sick or injured because of the storms. Someone who became the head of a household after a relative's death may qualify.
Those who want to file may visit their local Department of Workforce Services offices, go online to disasterassistance.gov or call (800) 621-3362.