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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

To File a Claim

Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims, including claims for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), can be filed online, by phone, by mail, or by fax. The fastest and easiest option for individuals to file claims for UI benefits is online using eApply4UI. To file a claim by phone, call EDD at one the toll-free numbers between 8 a.m. and 12 noon (Pacific Time), Monday through Friday except holidays:

Individuals with current claims for benefits, who are unable to receive their Unemployment Insurance payments at their home due to the disaster or emergency, should contact their local post office.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I lost my job and cannot work because of the disaster or emergency?

There are two programs you may be eligible for:

What if I become ill or injured and cannot work because of a disaster or emergency?

Disability Insurance

Individuals who become ill or injured and cannot work, may be eligible for Disability Insurance (DI) benefits. Most California workers are covered under the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. Covered workers fund this program through a deduction from their wages, and can receive approximately 55 percent of their lost wages, for up to one year, while unable to work. Refer to Filing for Disability Insurance (DI) Benefits for additional information or call 1-800-480-3287.

Individuals with current claims for benefits, who are unable to receive their Disability Insurance payments at their home due to the disaster or emergency, should contact their local post office.

I need help in finding a job.

The Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a comprehensive range of employment services in partnership with other organizations. Refer to Find a Job. For additional information on job search assistance, online job listings, workshops, information on wages and trends, and other employment and training services within your community, contact your local America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM (formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers). Another job search tool is California’s online resource, CalJOBSSM.

How do I find out more?

In a disaster or emergency, EDD offices within America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM that are considered accessible and do not pose a health or safety threat to staff and the public will remain open. It is recommended that anyone seeking assistance from their local America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM, call the facility first to confirm hours of operation.

In some disaster areas, local assistance centers will be setup to combine the resources of local, state, federal, and voluntary agencies. For more disaster assistance information and available resources, please visit the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), Individual Assistance website or contact at 916-845-8149.

Victims and Family Assistance, Other Resources . . .