Brookdale lodge affected by storms
DELUGE - The Brookdale Lodge was one of the employers in the San Lorenzo Valley hit hard by recent storms. (submitted)

People in Santa Cruz County—along with Californians who live in eight others—will be allowed to apply for unemployment benefits if they lost work due to recent storms, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said today.

The announcement, originally released April 28, covers self-employed, unemployed and part-time workers, as well as residents who couldn’t get to work because the disaster blocked their way.

The program also includes residents who were supposed to begin work during the relevant periods in February and March, but who were prevented from starting their duties.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance may also be sought by people in Kern, Mariposa, Monterey, San Benito, San Bernardino, Tulare and Tuolumne counties.

The government is extending the help to victims of storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides.

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program is funded by FEMA and operated by the California Employment Development Department.

In order to apply digitally head to -> Apply and Manage Your Claim Online ( or you can call -> 1-800-300-5616.

These services are available Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm (Pacific Time).

The deadline to file an application is May 15.  

For the latest information on California’s recovery from the severe winter storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides, visit or

More information is also available via,, @FEMARegion9/Twitter and

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