Are you self-employed and not eligible for regular unemployment assistance? A Presidential Disaster Declaration can make federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) available for individuals effected by a disaster. DUA is a federal program that provides temporary unemployment assistance to individuals whose work or self-employment is interrupted due to a major natural disaster and who do not qualify for regular state-provided UI benefits, such as farmworkers, business owners and the self-employed.

If and when DUA benefits become available to disaster victims in California, we will update this website with pertinent details and information.

Eligibility for DUA benefits generally applies to those individuals who become unemployed as a direct result of the disaster and meet at least one of these conditions:

  • Have applied for and received all regular unemployment benefits from California or any other state, or do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits.
  • Worked or were self-employed, or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment, in the disaster area. Self-employed individuals in particular most often benefit from having DUA available.
  • Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment due to the disaster, or cannot reach work because of the disaster.
  • Have not worked long enough or have not earned enough in wages to qualify for regular state unemployment benefits.
  • Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury caused by the disaster and don’t qualify for State Disability Insurance.
  • Became the head of their household because of a death caused by the disaster.