Severe Storm and Flood Recovery Assistance
The U.S. Department of Labor assists in recovery efforts in the communities affected by severe storms and floods. For general questions and assistance, please contact DOL's National Contact Center at 1-866-487-2365.
The Department of Labor support includes the following income and job assistance:
- DOL's National Contact Center
- Unemployment Insurance (UI)
The Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Program provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own.
- Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
DUA provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster declared by the President of the United States and who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.
- National Emergency Grants (NEGs)
Impacted states can apply for NEG funds that can be used to temporarily employ dislocated workers. These funds can be used to employ workers on projects that provide food, clothing, shelter and other humanitarian assistance for disaster victims.
- Learn how to apply for a National Emergency Grant.
- Occupational Safety and Health
The Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is making available technical assistance and resources to help protect those participating in cleanup and recovery efforts.
- Worker Claims
The Department's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) has instructions for claimants under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) and information for the longshore community.
- Health and Retirement Benefits
Questions about your health or retirement benefits from your employer's plan? Contact the Department's Employee Benefits Security Administration or call toll free 1-866-444-3272 with any questions.
Questions about being paid correctly following the disaster and recovery? Contact the Department’s Wage and Hour Division or call toll free 1-866-487-9243 with any questions.
- Recording Hours Worked
Download the DOL Timesheet App to record the number of hours you have worked and calculate the amount you may be owed by your employer.
Cleanup & Recovery
Occupational Safety and Health
The Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is making available technical assistance and resources to help protect those participating in cleanup and recovery efforts. Please visit the OSHA Flood and Tornado Cleanup and Recovery Web page or review these fact sheets on natural disaster recovery from OSHA:
- Cleanup Hazard: [HTML] / [PDF] / [En Español]
- Flood Cleanup: [HTML] / [PDF] / [En Español]
- Downed Electrical Wires: [PDF]
- Fungi: [HTML] / [PDF] / [En Español]
- Falls: [PDF] / [En Español]
- Electrical: [PDF] / [En Español]
- Chainsaws: [PDF] / [En Español]
- Tree Trimming: [PDF] / [En Español]
Service Contract Act
The Service Contract Act (SCA), which generally applies to federal or District of Columbia contracts for clean-up activities following a disaster, requires contractors and subcontractors performing services on prime contracts in excess of $2,500 to pay service employees in various classes no less than the wage rates and fringe benefits found prevailing in the locality, or the rates (including prospective increases) contained in a predecessor contractor's collective bargaining agreement.
Davis-Bacon Regulations for Federal Contractors
The Davis-Bacon Act requires all contractors and subcontractors performing work on federal or District of Columbia construction contracts or federally assisted contracts in excess of $2,000 to pay their laborers and mechanics not less than the prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits for corresponding classes of laborers and mechanics employed on similar projects in the area. In addition to the Davis-Bacon Act itself, Congress has added prevailing wage provisions to approximately 60 statutes which assist construction projects through grants, loans, loan guarantees, and insurance. These are referred to as “Related Acts.”
- For information on other available Federal resources, please visit http://www.usa.gov/flooding.shtml
- For information on the latest Federal Disaster Declarations by state and county, please visit http://www.fema.gov/disasters
- For information on how citizens can locate and apply for disaster relief, please visit DisasterAssistance.gov