Information related to Central Washington wildfires
Updated Friday, September 26, 2014
FEMA denies Disaster Unemployment AssistanceThe state of Washington will not receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance from the federal government for people who lost jobs due to Central Washington's wildfires. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denied Governor Jay Inslee's request and rejected his appeal of President Obama's earlier decision.
DUA is a special program that provides unemployment benefits to people affected by a disaster. DUA requires authorization from the President. Governor Inslee requested that authorization from President Obama. When the President denied his request, he appealed to FEMA.
If you lost your job due to Central Wa. wildfires, you may apply for unemploymentWe encourage you to apply for unemployment benefits right away, and we will determine whether you’re eligible.
- If you have access to your employment records (such as pay slips), we encourage you to apply online.
- If you are unable to access your employment records, please contact our claims center at 800-318-6022.