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September is National Preparedness Month and a good time to prepare your family, pets, and property for extreme weather situations. The FTC has information to help you prepare for, deal with, and recover from different aspects of a weather...

Deciding whether to repair or replace damaged appliances is an important safety issue. Corrosion of clogged parts can cause a fire, explosion or electrical shock.

Before you do anything else, make sure power to the building or to the...

If you teach people about everyday financial issues, like saving and shopping, credit and debt, buying a home or car, or looking for a job or paying for school, the FTC is your information destination. Consumer information from the FTC is free...

Extreme weather sometimes occurs with little warning. To help lessen fear and anxiety, and to reduce the loss of property, everyone needs to prepare. For example:

Organize your finances. When it comes to preparing for situations like...

Once you’ve been given permission to return to your neighborhood and home, use caution.

Use CautionChoosing a ContractorPaying for Repair WorkUse Caution

Once you’ve been given permission to return to your neighborhood and home, use caution...

After a weather emergency, you may be concerned about the safety of your drinking water. If you’re on a public water system, your local water-utility office can tell you about water safety problems and what to do. The health department can answer...

After a flood, your home and its contents may look beyond hope, but many of your belongings can be restored. If you do things right, your flooded home can be cleaned up, dried out, rebuilt, and reoccupied.

Play it safe. The dangers are not...

Even if your home is uninhabitable after an extreme weather event, you still have a mortgage. Contact your lender immediately to discuss your options. Your lender may allow a grace period during which it may suspend your mortgage payments.

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We’re no fans of creepy little blood-suckers like bed bugs and head lice. We’re also not keen on pest control marketers who say their products prevent or treat these infestations, but can’t back up their claims.

In fact, the FTC recently...

You know you’re dealing with a scam artist if they guarantee to save your home, promise to stop a foreclosure, or tell you to stop paying your mortgage company and pay them instead. If you're facing foreclosure, call a housing counselor through...

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