FEMA has deployed Community Relations Team
personnel in to communities impacted by the Hurricane Sandy.
These are FEMA employees who provide information to residents
and businesses about how to register for assistance. They will
meet directly with individuals in our community and distribute
flyers. They do not collect information or complete
applications for assistance on behalf of anyone. They are
dressed in FEMA apparel and display FEMA I.D.
We are providing this
flyer link that has two sample Disaster Housing Inspector ID
cards. FEMA Disaster Contractor Housing Inspectors follow-up
with individuals who register for FEMA assistance due to
property damage. The following information has also been
provided by FEMA:
"Many legitimate persons -- insurance agents,
FEMA Community Relations personnel, local inspectors and real
contractors -- may have to visit your storm-damaged property.
Survivors could, however, encounter people posing as inspectors,
government officials or contractors in a bid to obtain personal
information or collect payment for repair work. Your best
strategy to protect yourself against fraud is to ask to see
identification in all cases and to safeguard your personal
Please keep in mind that local, state and
federal employees DO NOT solicit or accept money for public
services." "All FEMA employees and contractors will have a
laminated photo ID. A FEMA shirt or jacket alone is not proof of
identity. FEMA generally will only request an applicant's Social
Security or bank account numbers during the initial registration
process". Disaster victims may register by visiting the
Disaster Recovery Center, by calling 1-800-621-3362, or by
visiting http://www.fema.gov/apply-assistance . "However FEMA
inspectors may require verification of identity. FEMA and U.S.
Small Business Administration (SBA) staff never charge
applicants for disaster assistance, inspections or help to fill
out applications. FEMA inspectors verify damages but do not
recommend or hire specific contractors to fix homes."
"Scams" and Consumer Protection
The following websites also provide resources
on Hurricane Sandy related scams and consumer protection