Governor waives Florida’s unemployment assistance requirements for those affected by Ian
Thomas Fischer waits for a ride with belongings recovered from his ruined home after evacuating from Estero Island, on San Carlos Island in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, three days after the passage of Hurricane Ian. Fischer said he and his family rode out the storm in their home's attic and had to punch a hole through the roof to get out after it filled with water. In the immediate aftermath, Fischer helped rescue elderly neighbors and recover the body of one neighbor who did not survive. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

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Hurricane Ian survivors will temporarily be able to bypass several requirements for re-employment assistance claims.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has waived several requirements to receive unemployment aid for Floridians affected by Hurricane Ian, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced Sunday.

Now, Hurricane Ian survivors will temporarily be able to bypass the work search reporting, waiting a week, and Employ Florida registration requirements for re-employment assistance claims. The waiver applies to those in FEMA disaster-declared counties.

Additionally, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available to Florida businesses and residents in FEMA disaster-declared counties whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a direct result of Hurricane Ian. Those benefits are for those not eligible for regular state or federal re-employment assistance benefits.

By waiving these requirements, eligible Floridians will be able to apply and receive re-employment assistance and disaster unemployment aid benefits in a faster period.

“Right now, Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian are trying to meet their critical needs and what they don’t need are roadblocks interfering with their recovery,” FDEO Secretary Dane Eagle said in a statement.

“Gov. DeSantis’ swift action to cut red tape and waive reporting requirements for re-employment assistance is the right choice to get families the help they need to get back on their feet faster, and DEO stands ready to distribute this vital assistance as quickly as possible,” he continued.

Those who qualify for DUA must meet one of the following requirements:

— Unemployed as a direct result of the major disaster

— Was scheduled to start employment but was unable to as a direct result of the major disaster

— Is unable to reach their job or self-employment location because the individual must travel through an affected area and is prevented from doing so as a direct result of the major disaster

— Has become the primary breadwinner because the head of the household died as a direct result of the major disaster

— Is unable to work because of an injury that was a direct result of the major disaster

To file a claim, you can go here, visit a local CareerSource Career Center, or call 1-800-385-3920. For DUA claims information, call 1-833-FL-APPLY (1-833-352-7759) to speak with a representative.

Individuals must file for state re-employment assistance benefits before filing for DUA. During the application, claimants should indicate they have been impacted by the disaster. Claimants who are determined ineligible or have exhausted re-employment assistance benefits will be automatically prompted to file a DUA application if they indicated on their re-employment Assistance application that the disaster affected their employment.

DUA is available for weeks of unemployment beginning Sept. 25 until April 1, 2023­­­­­­­­­­­­, as long as the individual’s unemployment continues to be a direct result of the disaster. The deadline to submit a claim for DUA benefits is Dec. 30.

Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday afternoon near Fort Myers at near-Category 5 strength, bringing torrential rain, tornadoes and massive storm surges that flooded a large swath of the Gulf Shore.

The hurricane became the fifth most powerful to ever hit the U.S. after leveling Fort Myers and Sarasota areas, leaving nearly 2.7 million people without power.

The hurricane has so far claimed 54 lives: 47 in Florida, four in North Carolina and three in Cuba. Search and rescue efforts are underway. As of Saturday morning, the U. S. Coast Guard, federal, state and local search and rescue teams rescued over 3,500 people and nearly 140 pets. The number of Federal units supporting search and rescue operations has doubled.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected].


  • Charlie Crist

    October 2, 2022 at 11:49 am

    Nobody has paid the price for the unemployment program debacle during the pandemic. The one where people had to submit ten forms of ID and a picture of their private parts to shady government contractors in order to get a dime. Vote for me. We’ll send these heartless grifters and neo nazis to hell.

    • Hope

      October 2, 2022 at 3:34 pm

      Charlie Psychopath,

      I’m sure nobody submitted indecent exposure pics except you and by the way that’s illegal. They have a trace on your IP address as we speak.. no one will vote for you so I sent you a copy of ‘Gone with the Wind’ just like you will be in a few short weeks.

      • Charlie Crist

        October 2, 2022 at 6:30 pm

        I didn’t mean that literally you dope.
        Trace this 🖕

  • Steeevo

    October 2, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    Socialist commies!

  • Tom

    October 2, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    With a 2.7% unemployment rate, over. 10 million Floridians working, paying into the fund, Florida is very healthy.

    Shut the hell up, you incompetent chameleon moron alias. You truly do not know anything, just like Kamala Harris. Pathetic.

    • Tom

      October 2, 2022 at 3:13 pm

      Tropical 2 ocean windcane…
      FP legendary dumbass

      • Tom

        October 2, 2022 at 9:05 pm

        Joey “Kamala-Harris” Corsin.
        Lightweight, Ignorant one.
        LMAO u moron.

        • Tom Dumbass

          October 2, 2022 at 11:25 pm

          “Tropical 2 swirling ocean typhoon..”

          • Tom

            October 3, 2022 at 8:28 am

            Moron Joey corsin, complete ignoramus. Unable to convey substantive thoughts.

  • Beth

    October 4, 2022 at 7:00 am

    As usual, this is the message you get when you go to the DUA website -“Thank you for visiting Florida’s Reemployment Assistance Program CONNECT log-in page. The CONNECT system is currently unavailable as we continue to make system improvements, process claims, and issue payments” This has been a problem for years and another real issue DeSantis has chosen to ignore. Too busy spreading hate and bigotry and amassing campaign contributions. His words mean absolutely nothing.

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