Hurricane Season Tips

How to prepare for and recover from a storm and avoid charity scams

The 2018 hurricane season has arrived. The Federal Trade Commission has information to help you prepare for, deal with, and recover from the long-term impacts of a hurricane, as well as information on giving wisely to help those in need.

Preparing for a Storm

  • Organize your finances. Keep your financial documents up to date, accessible, and portable.
  • Check your insurance. See if your home, health, or other insurance policy will cover temporary shelter, replacement clothing, furniture, out-of-network medical services, or other items.
  • Flood-proof your home. Prepare for flooding by buying flood insurance and writing a flood response plan; visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for more information.
  • Plan for your pets. Visit ready.gov/animals for tips on how to prepare.

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Giving Wisely after a Disaster

  • Be alert to charity scams. Scammers may target potential donors, even if you don’t live near the disaster.
  • When you consider giving to a specific charity, search its name plus “complaint,” “review,” “rating,” or “scam.”
  • Do some research to ensure that your donation will go to a reputable organization that will use the money as promised. Check out the charity with the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar.

This article by the FTC was distributed by the Personal Finance Syndication Network.