Unemployment benefits for storm victims

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE)-  Many businesses were damaged or destroyed in Friday's tornadoes leaving employees without a paycheck.  

Indiana's Disaster Resource one-stop-shop set up on the first floor of Ogle Hall on the Ivy Tech Campus in Sellersburg, has state unemployment coordinators on hand to file claims fast.

Workers will qualify just like a typical job loss.  To file in March, means the worker would need to have been employed at some point between October 2010 and September 30th 2011.

In addition to traditional unemployment, there's also disaster employment funds for people who wouldn't traditionally qualify for benefits.

Tom Horstman is the State Unemployment Coordinator and says "many of these individuals often don't realize there's help for them too.  Individuals that are self employed" like farmers and business owners Horstman said.

It also included individuals who were injured during the storms and because of those injuries can't immediately return to work.

It takes about 3 weeks to receive the first unemployment payment and it can made onto a debit card for you.

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