[April 2, 2010] Rhode Island libraries will be in the forefront helping Rhode Islanders recover from the historic floods that ravaged the state last month. On April 2, the President declared an emergency for Rhode Island, thereby making federal aid available to supplement state and local response efforts. Following are resources and programs that libraries may wish to take note of, as well as links that may be published on library websites.
The Department of Labor and Training (DLT) and Rhode Island libraries are partnering to provide assistance to Rhode Islanders impacted by the recent floods. Workers who have been temporarily laid off due to flood-related business closures may file for unemployment insurance online on the DLT website. The process for filing under this provision is self-service, and is the same process as filing for regular unemployment insurance.
The following libraries will be hosting DLT staff and providing dedicated computer stations for those who qualify for this assistance.
Cranston Public Library
140 Sockanosset Cross Road, Cranston
Monday, April 5 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, April 6 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Pawtucket Public Library
13 Summer St., Pawtucket
Tuesday, April 6 from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 7 from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
600 Sandy Lane, Warwick
Tuesday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to noon
Thursday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to noon
Westerly Public Library
44 Broad St., Westerly
Wednesday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Friday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Woonsocket Harris Public Library
303 Clinton St., Woonsocket
Monday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Friday, April 9 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Computers are also available at netWORKri one-stop centers in Woonsocket, West Warwick, Providence and Pawtucket and all Rhode Island libraries.
Please note that self-service filing for flood-related unemployment insurance benefits is available ONLY for employees of companies that have been deemed eligible for a waiting period waiver. Businesses who have been deemed eligible will communicate this to their employees.