Yesterday, the Employment Security Department announced that a toll-free phone line for unemployment benefits has been set up especially for those folks affected by the landslide that occurred in Oso, Washington last month.
This special phone number was primarily set up for those that became unemployed as a product of the disaster in Oso. However; for those that have a current unemployment claim, this number can also be used to obtain help with reopening claims for folks that couldn’t make a claim last week because they were without phone or Internet access. In addition, individuals that aren't able to seek work due to the disaster (such as folks isolated in Darrington) can request placement on what is known as “disaster standby,” which temporarily waives job-search requirements.
More information specific to unemployment benefits and the Oso disaster can be found on the Employment Security’s special site. Local WorkSource offices and libraries in Snohomish County also offer free Internet access for those that need to look for work or file unemployment claims.