The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) assists in recovery efforts in the communities affected by severe storms, floods, and other disasters. For general questions and assistance, please contact DOL's National Contact Center at 1-866-487-2365.
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 Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs)
Impacted states can apply for DWG funds that can be used to create temporary employment opportunities to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts.
- Learn how to apply for a National Dislocated Worker Grant.
- Occupational Safety and Health
The Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) makes technical assistance and resources available to help protect those participating in cleanup and recovery efforts. Call OSHA toll-free at 1-800-321-6742 with any questions.
- Learn how to keep workers safe during cleanup and recovery operations following hurricanes.
- 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.
Public Service Announcements
- Employment and Wages During Natural Disasters and Recovery
- U.S. Department of Labor Announces Actions To Assist Americans Affected By Hurricane Sally (September 17, 2020)
- U.S. Department of Labor Urges Workers and Public To Be Aware of Hazards After Hurricane Laura (August 31, 2020)
- U.S. Department of Labor Announces Actions To Assist Americans Impacted By Hurricane Laura (August 27, 2020)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. Individuals in declared counties can register online for disaster assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call FEMA's toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362); for the hearing impaired TTY 800-462-7585.
Ready.gov explains what actions to take when you receive a hurricane watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for your local area. It also provides tips on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.
USA.gov is providing a one-stop page for hurricane-related information from federal agencies.
As the official benefits website of the federal government, Benefits.gov provides citizens with easy, online access to over 1,000 government benefit and assistance programs from 17 partner agencies.
The mission of DisasterAssistance.gov is to ease the burden on disaster survivors by helping them apply for disaster assistance from 70 programs at 17 federal agencies.