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Tornado unemployment aid deadline set for 3 counties

By Ashley Nerbovig

This article was published May 23, 2014 at 11:26 a.m.

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A tornado wiped out homes and businesses the night of April 27, 2014, in Vilonia. This view is of a side road off U.S. 64. The deadline for affected residents to register for Federal Emergency Management Agency funding is June 5.

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.

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