September 2, 2005
from the Ga. DOL
ATLANTA — State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said that the Georgia Department of Labor is moving swiftly to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina who are evacuating the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast and seeking refuge here in Georgia.
The department is providing information and services through its Web site at www.dol.state.ga.us, its customer service help line and its 53 Career Centers located across the state.
"Georgia's Labor Department stands ready to aid evacuees who have been put out of work," said Thurmond. "We can assist them with filing claims for unemployment insurance and, where necessary, with reemployment services. We are also prepared to assist them in their search for other types of disaster relief. I want these people to know that, even though they may be far from home, they are not alone and that help is available."
For those who have lost their jobs and need to file an interstate unemployment insurance claim, inquiries should be directed to the department's customer service help line at 1-877-709-8185.
Information on filing claims and directions to the nearest labor department career center will be provided at this number.
Persons with speech and hearing impairments should call 1-800-229-5746.
Those seeking employment-related services should contact career centers in the metro Atlanta area, including:
Clayton Career Center at (678) 479-5886
Cobb-Cherokee Career Center at (770) 528-6100
DeKalb Career Center at (404) 298-3970
Gwinnett Career Center at (770) 840-2200
North Metro Career Center at (404) 679-5200
South Metro Career Center at (404) 699- 6900
Telephone numbers for other Career Centers around the state are available at the bottom of this page, or may be obtained through the help line. Those needing other types of disaster relief assistance should call the American Red Cross at (404) 870-4440.
FEMA provides temporary housing and a variety of resources to rebuild homes and businesses. For assistance in securing social security or disability checks, the U. S. Social Security Administration has a toll-free number that operates from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Call 1-800-772-1213 for information and directions to the nearest Social Security off i ce. SSA staff members will be visiting all shelters in the metro Atlanta area to discuss issuing SSA and SSI checks.