The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program is under the authority
of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department
of Labor in cooperation with Iowa Workforce Development.
What Does the Program Provide?
benefits are payable from the start of the disaster. Benefit
payments are calculated by using your gross wages in the most
recently completed tax year. If you were self-employed, the
computation would use your wage income, if any, plus your net income
shown on your income tax forms.
The minimum DUA weekly payment for self-employed workers is 50
percent of the average weekly payment of regular unemployment
insurance in Iowa. For instance, if you are an unemployed
self-employed worker who had low net income on your income tax forms
for the most recently completed tax year, you would receive the
minimum DUA weekly payment. A higher weekly payment may occur
depending on your net business income. Iowa’s formula for regular
unemployment insurance determines the weekly benefit amount. You
must submit proof to substantiate your self-employed status, such as
business records, bank statements, etc. A copy of the income tax
form is required to issue a final DUA determination of the weekly
Who Is Eligible to Apply?
If you are unemployed as a direct result of the disaster, or if you
were going to be employed in the disaster area at the time the
disaster began, and your principal source of income and livelihood
is dependent upon work that was affected by the disaster, then you
may be eligible.
If you are eligible for or are currently receiving regular
unemployment insurance benefit payments, then you are not also
eligible for a DUA claim.
If you have been injured as a direct result of the disaster and
cannot work, or if you have become the major support of your
household because the head of the household died as a direct result
of the disaster, then you may be eligible for benefits.
For all DUA applications, please remember you must first file a
regular unemployment insurance claim or the DUA claim cannot be
processed. File a UI claim even if the DUA is for a farmer or
other self-employed person. Please put a note at the top of
this form indicating you are filing due to the disaster.
Failure to complete this form in its entirety could result in delays
to your claim.
Please copy the ENTIRE federal income tax form including any
attached W-2's and schedules. We must have the COMPLETE
federal income tax form and W-2's in order to process the DUA
application. The ENTIRE federal income tax form and
attachments must be included with the DUA application.
For farmers and others filing for DUA, the initial DUA form 102
which is the ETA 81 asks the claimant the following: "my
unemployment on _____ was a result of this disaster as follows:"
We need a detailed explanation of the at least three sentences
explaining in detail what farming activities they were not able to
do and exactly what conditions stopped them from their normal
activities. This response should be detailed; you can write on
the back of the form or attach additional paper to complete the
Do I Apply For DUA Benefits?
- Select one of the following categories which best describes your
circumstance. Print and complete the DUA forms for that
Photocopy your complete 2010 Federal income tax return, including
all schedules and W-2 forms.
Return completed forms and complete copy of your 2010 Federal income
tax return to your nearest local IowaWORKS Center or
Attn: UISC – DUA Unit
PO Box 10332
Des Moines, IA 50306-0332
How Do I Claim Benefits?
Once your DUA claim is established, it is very easy to claim a week
of benefits. Each week you will need to complete and submit on of
the Weekly Request
for Disaster Unemployment Assistance forms, Form ETA 83.
Information should be filled out for the Sunday through Saturday of
the week you are trying to claim (Example: If you are filing
effective 5/29/11, the first week you would need to report is for
5/29/11 - 6/4/11).
When Can I File for DUA?
The President of the United States must first declare an area to be
eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. There is then a 30-day
timeframe you have to apply for those benefits. After that timeframe has
passed, you must establish ‘good cause’ for filing late.
"Good Cause" is defined as good reason, justification or excuse of a
substantial nature which a reasonable prudent person would find as
adequate in the prudent conduct of their affairs.
Examples of "good cause":
- The applicant was working.
- Applicant was injured or ill as a result of the disaster and could not
file. This reason should be supported by a doctor's statement.
- Applicant had lost his/her transportation as direct result of the
disaster and could not get to a local office to file an application.
- Applicant was eligible for regular UI benefits and exhausted benefits
during the week ending September 19, 2010 or after and thus could not
file their DUA claim prior to the cut-off date.
- Agency staff misinformed individual (with proof, such as: statement
signed by UI staff person) or inability of staff to serve customers.
- Death of a bread winner due to disaster.
- Working in flood or storm clean-up is "good cause" for late filing.
- Extenuating circumstances such as lack of information in normal media
channels, such as television, newspaper, agricultural magazines, and
information from neighbors and friends.
UNACCEPTABLE reasons for filing late:
Applicant alleges that he/she was not aware of the availability of DUA
during the 30 day filing period.
What Are the Restrictions?
Benefits will end if you return to suitable work, or if you refuse a
bona fide offer of suitable work, or refuse to accept a referral to
suitable employment without good cause.
Since your eligibility is determined on a week-to-week basis, your
unemployed status must continue to be a direct result of the
disaster in order to continue to receive DUA benefits. If you are
only partially employed and work for wages, you must report your
gross wages. This is the same as individuals receiving regular
unemployment insurance. Once your unemployment is no longer
attributable to the disaster, your DUA entitlement ends.
If you are self-employed, you are no longer eligible for DUA as soon
as you are able to resume your normal self-employment work
activities. However, if your self-employment activity is still
substantially reduced, you may continue to receive DUA benefits. You
must report your gross earnings from self-employment when actually
paid. For example, you report you performed self-employment work
during the week you perform the work, but report zero earnings
unless you are actually paid during that week.
For some occupations there are seasonal limitations to the periods
for which DUA is paid. DUA may only be paid to seasonal workers for
those weeks they would have been employed in the season.
If you have any questions about the DUA program or completing the
DUA forms, contact an