The dir.alabama.gov site went down today due to high traffic volume after the announcement the maximum unemployment benefit for new claims will increase from $255 to $265 after July 5.
As the term dir.alabama.gov is a trending keyword on the Google Search trends for today, the traffic send to the site is surging.
A second trending search term which must be sending a lot of traffic to the site must be Alabama unemployment.
So many Social Media consultants always warn website owners to have the servers prepared for Social Media success. A homepager on DIGG or StumbleUpon can take your website down easily. It appears the government need some advice on scaling traffic to their website!
With the government site down, people eligible for the unemployment help for storm victims will have to call the special number: 1-866-234-5382.
For those that need more information:
People who live in or worked in these counties and became unemployed due to the severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, and straight-line winds during the period of May 6-8 may be eligible for the assistance under the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program, which was triggered when President Obama designated the area as a disaster area on June 3.
All claimants are also receiving an additional $25 a week, which is part of the Federal Stimulus package. The additional $25 is expected to continue through the end of 2009.
Surtees stressed only claims filed on or after July 5 will be eligible for the $10 increase.