Supporting Workers Affected by Disasters

Tens of thousands of workers are displaced from employment by recent disasters, including those affected by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, the massive wildfires in California, and Hurricane Michael in Florida and Georgia.

These latest disasters come in the wake of 2017’s devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where hundreds of thousands became unemployed due to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Help is available to many of these workers to keep them on their feet in the wake of such disasters.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), also referred to as Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance, is a federal program that provides temporary financial assistance to individuals unemployed as a result of a “major disaster” declared by the president.

Accessing Disaster Unemployment Assistance:

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Worker Safety During Cleanup and Recovery:

Additional Resources for People Affected by Disasters

  • People eligible for DUA may also be eligible for food assistance from the USDA. Read more here.

Resources for Immigrants Affected by Disasters:

How You Can Help

The following organizations are accepting donations to help communities affected by the disasters:

Thank you for your generous support to these communities that need your help now.


Protecting Workers in Cleanup and Rebuilding Efforts

Workers involved in the clean-up and rebuilding efforts will be exposed to many hazards that can cause serious injury or even death. It’s crucial that workers are adequately trained and protected. Here is information about the dangers and necessary protective equipment to keep workers safe.

Information from OSHA:

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Additional fact sheets:

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