Preparing for a Weather Emergency

Extreme weather and natural disasters can occur with little warning. Are you ready to leave your home at a moment’s notice?

Make a Plan

You can reduce your anxiety by making sure you are prepared if, and when, they happen. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Check your insurance. Find out if any of your home, health, or other insurance policies will pay for temporary shelter, replacement clothing, furniture, or other items if you are affected by extreme weather or a disaster.

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Courtesy of National Bank of Arizona

Trying to minimize the risk of vishing and smishing takes awareness and safe practices. Vishing and smishing are forms of phishing that occur via phone call or text message. The tactics implied are based on manipulation and social engineering. Scammers look for bank account numbers, codes and passwords saved on smartphones to steal identities and financial resources. They also collect lists of phone numbers from the dark web or take advantage of companies that had sensitive data breached.

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by Lisa Weintraub Schifferle
Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education

Does your child love YouTube videos? Did you know that while little Susie was watching her favorite shows, YouTube was collecting data and using it to send her targeted ads? Under a settlement with the FTC, YouTube and its parent company, Google, must pay a record $170 million for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

The National Hurricane Center reports that life threatening storm surge and devastating hurricane force winds are still possible along portions of the Florida east coast by the early to middle part of next week, but since Dorian is forecast to slow down and turn northward near the coast, is too soon to determine where or where the highest surge or winds will occur. Residents should have their hurricane plan in place, know if they are in a hurricane evacuation zone, and listen to advise given by local emergency officials. The risk of strong winds and life-threatening storm surge is increasing along the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina during the middle of next week. Residents on those areas should continue to monitor the progress of hurricane Dorian.

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The Federal Trade Commission has announced FY 2020 fees for telemarketers accessing phone numbers on the National Do Not Call (DNC) Registry. Most of the annual fees will increase slightly from FY 2019, and are set forth in a Federal Register notice.

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The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 398 checks totaling $60,791 to refund consumers nationwide who bought “Nobetes,” a dietary supplement pill deceptively advertised as an effective diabetes treatment. The average amount per check is $152.74, and consumers are getting back all of the money they spent on the product.

According to the Commission’s December 2018 complaint, between 2015 and 2018, Nobetes Corporation, along with its two officers Marvin Silver and Jeffrey Fleitman, advertised and sold Nobetes, a pill containing a concoction of vitamins, minerals, and plant extracts, as an effective treatment for consumers with diabetes.

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