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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department

Disaster Related Services

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a variety of services to individuals and businesses impacted by disasters in California. These range from assistance for those who may have lost a job due to the disaster, to employers who are forced to shut down operations. EDD staff located throughout the state are often called upon to lend a hand at Local Assistance Centers (LACs) established by the California Office of Emergency Services (OES). They provide assistance with filing claims for UI benefits, as well as job search assistance and other more general support and referrals to resources.

For the latest news and announcements, including news releases, visit the EDD News page.

Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance for Wildfire and Mudslide Victims

Workers, and particularly self-employed individuals, who lost their jobs or had their work hours reduced as a result of the recent wildfires and mudslide disasters in Northern and Southern California can now apply for unemployment benefits under the Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program. Please see news releases for further details:

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

Additional information regarding Disaster Unemployment Assistance:

Other Assistance Available for Disaster Victims

The Governor has issued a State of Emergency proclamation for several disasters which waives the usual one-week waiting period for regular state Unemployment Insurance benefits, and provides employers a 60-day extension to file state payroll reports and deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest.

Disability Insurance (DI) Benefits

DI provides partial wage replacement benefits to eligible California workers who are unable to work due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. If you were injured by the disaster, you may be eligible for DI benefits.

To apply for DI benefits, submit a Claim for Disability Insurance (DI) Benefits (DE 2501) using SDI Online or by mail. If you need a paper version of the DE 2501, you can order the form through the Online Forms and Publications page or contact DI by phone.

Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits

PFL provides benefits to individuals who lose wages when they need to take time off work to care for a seriously ill child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner. If you need to care for a family member injured in the disaster, you may be eligible for PFL benefits.

To apply for PFL benefits, submit a Claim for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits (DE 2501F) using SDI Online or by mail. If you need a paper version of the DE 2501F, you can order the form through the Online Forms and Publications page or contact PFL by phone.

Employer Services

Employers directly affected by a disaster may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest.