Another tier may or may not be available to you - availability is determined by the rate o unemployment in the state. Call the local unemployment office immediately. If an extension is available, they will ask you a few questions. During the same phone call, if an extension is available, ask them to put in a claim or activate your claim so you can claim any benefits your are entitled to at that point. They may "pend" these payments to be released upon approval of your extended claim.