CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – South Carolinaians who lost their jobs or were made unemployed because of Hurricane Ian in September can apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has identified individuals who live or work in Charleston, Georgetown, and Horry counties as potentially eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance funds for the period October 2, 2022 through May 27, 2023.

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce said the program is providing funds to help people who have lost their jobs as a direct result of Hurricane Ian, which struck the South Carolina coast in late September.

“It is also available to small business owners and the self-employed, including 1,099 contract workers who lost personal income as a result of the disaster,” SCDEW said.

Workers or business owners in the eligible counties who meet the following criteria may be eligible to receive a minimum of $134.00 and a maximum of $326.00 per week of DUA benefits:

  • Individuals who are unemployed as a result of the disaster and are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits.
  • Self-employed and small business owners who lost income due to the disaster.
  • People prevented from working due to an injury caused by the disaster.
  • Individuals who have become the main supplier of household income because of the disaster-related death or injury of the previous main supplier of household income.
  • People who cannot reach their place of work or self-employment because they have to travel through the affected area and are prevented from doing so by the disaster.
  • People who were supposed to take up employment or self-employment but were prevented from doing so by the disaster.

Coastal residents and workers should contact the SC Dept. of Employment Workforce log into the MyBenefits Portal to request emergency assistance. For assistance please call 1-866-831-1724.

The deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance is Wednesday, December 28, 2022. Any DUA applications submitted after the deadline will be considered late and will benefit
may be refused.

SCDEW officials said applicants will be asked to provide information about their employment and other documentation to support claims that they were employed or self-employed at the time of the disaster.