When a major disaster has been declared by the president, DUA is generally available to any unemployed worker or self-employed individual who worked, or was scheduled to work in the disaster area at the time of the disaster; and due to the disaster:
- No longer has a job or a place to work
- Cannot reach his/her place of work
- Cannot work due to damage to the place of work
- Cannot work because of an injury caused by the disaster
An individual who becomes the head of household and is seeking work because the former head of household died as a result of the disaster may also qualify for DUA benefits.