It’s one thing to prepare your family, pets, and property for extreme weather situations. It’s another to protect your personal information and finances from scammers who use weather emergencies to cheat people. This webpage has information to help you prepare for, deal with, and recover from different aspects of a weather emergency.
Scam artists often use times of disaster as a golden opportunity to make a quick profit.
Be skeptical of people promising immediate clean-up and debris removal after a weather emergency. Tips to protect yourself, your property, and your money.
Deciding whether to repair or replace damaged gas and electric appliances can be difficult. Here are some factors to consider.
After a flood, your home and its contents may look beyond hope. But experts say many of your belongings can be restored. If you do things right, your flooded home can be cleaned up, dried out, rebuilt, and reoccupied.
Monitor local news media for instructions from health authorities about water safety and purification. Avoid offers for "free" home water testing, and be skeptical of claims that an in-home test shows your water is unsafe. If you have questions about the safety of your water, contact your local public health authority.
As you recover from the effects of a disaster, you will need to share your personal information to get relief benefits from government agencies or other organizations, or replacement identification documents.
The FTC’s Cooling-Off Rule gives you a 3-day right to cancel a sale made at your home, workplace or dormitory, or at a seller’s temporary location, like a hotel or motel room, convention center, fairground or restaurant. But not all sales are covered.
Call 1-866-4-USA-DOL, 1-866-487-2365 for more information on registering for unemployment insurance and disaster unemployment assistance. Available in English and Spanish 24 hours a day.
1-877-ASK-FDIC (information about bank accounts, lost financial records, ATM cards, direct deposits and other bank information)
Call 1-800-829-1040 TDD 1-800-829-4059 to find out about tax relief, get a copy of your tax return transcript and receive a disaster tax loss kit.