Harris County Alerts

Harvey Recovery: Fraud, Rumor Control, Debris Pick-up, Unsafe Water Updates

Sep 05, 2017 Back

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at Level 1 (Maximum Readiness). HCOHSEM will continue to monitor forecasts and weather developments along with the National Weather Service and the Harris County Flood Control District. 

 

Hurricane Harvey Rumor Control

 

There is a lot of misinformation circulating about issues related to rumors and scams including; the plague, fuel shortages, flood insurance premiums, inspections, and disaster cleanup & inspections.  Get the latest rumor control news here: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey-rumor-control

 

 

Tips to Help Prevent Disaster Fraud

 

Here’s how to protect yourself, or someone you care about, from disaster fraud:

 

·         Federal and state workers do not ask for, or accept, money. FEMA staff will never charge applicants for disaster assistance, home inspections, or help filling out applications. Stay alert for false promises to speed up the insurance, disaster assistance, or building permit process.
 

·         In person, always ask to see any FEMA employee ID badges. FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams may be in impacted communities providing information and assisting survivors with the registration process or their applicant files.
 

·         A FEMA shirt or jacket is not proof of identity. All FEMA representatives, including our contracted inspectors, will have a laminated photo ID. All National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) adjusters will have a NFIP Authorized Adjuster Card with their name and the types of claims they may adjust.
 

·         If you are unsure or uncomfortable with anyone you encounter claiming to be an emergency management official, do not give out personal information, and contact local law enforcement.
 

·         If you suspect fraud, contact the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or report it to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov
 

·         More information on disaster-related fraud is available at the Texas Attorney General’s Office website at texasattorneygeneral.gov/cpd/disaster-scams or call -800-252-8011.

 

 

Unsafe Water Notices

 

For the latest is unsafe water notices go to: http://readyharris.org/News-Information/Ready-Harris-News/Post/26871

 

 

Debris Removal Continues

 

Harris County Debris Removal is still underway. Be mindful of personal safety during flood cleanup.

 

Take steps to stay safe.

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at Level 1 (Maximum Readiness). HCOHSEM will continue to monitor forecasts and weather developments along with the National Weather Service and the Harris County Flood Control District. 

 

For additional information about debris separation and debris removal, please call the Harris County Residential Debris and Damage Assessment Hotline: 713-274-3880

*Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), such as paint (oil-based and latex), automotive chemicals, batteries, and lawn chemicals. HHW will not be picked up with regular debris piles. Harris County will notify all residents about HHW collection dates and drop-off locations.

 

See more at: http://www.readyharris.org/News-Information/Ready-Harris-News/Post/26767

 



Where you can learn more:

Harris County Office of Emergency Management: www.readyharris.org

Harris County Recovery Hotline: 1-833-HARRIS-1 (1-833-427-7471)

Donations Management – 1-800-924-5985

Volunteer Management – 281-656-1533 www.volunteerhouston.org

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