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Information related to Central Washington wildfires

Updated Friday, September 26, 2014

FEMA denies Disaster Unemployment Assistance

The 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 unemployment

We 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.


If you couldn’t file a weekly claim when it was due because of the wildfires

Keep track of any efforts you make to file a claim (dates and times). When you’re able to reach a claims agent at 800-318-6022, explain that you didn’t have phone or Internet access due to the Central Washington wildfires, and ask the agent to backdate your weekly claim.

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