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September 2017

Texas Officials Warn: ‘Do Not Donate to American Red Cross’
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Texas officials are requesting people to not donate to American Red Cross.

I have heard rumors about them not being honest in their help after receiving donations, but I hadn’t done much research. We often don’t question whether a company with a household name is being honest or not. Many stores ask if you would like to donate to  ARC when you check-out, and people often do. I have a couple of times.

Hurricane Helpers brave Hurricane Irma's fury to save manatees
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Hurricane Irma’s winds drained waterways around Tampa Bay late this morning, even though the storm was 200 miles away.  It happened so fast that some manatees were apparently caught off-guard, leading to at least one impromptu rescue.

Jeremy Ziemba of Bradenton told FOX 13 he was north of the Ringling Museum just after 1 p.m. when a group of citizens spotted stranded sea cows and headed into the mud to carry them to deeper water.

Be Aware of Utility Scams in the Aftermath of Hurricane Irma
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  1. The aftermath of Hurricane Irma, we want to make sure you're aware of fraud and scams that often make their way around after a natural disaster involving impersonations of utility workers. After a storm, impersonators often attempt to take advantage of customer vulnerabilities.