“Hurricane Irma Recovery – Scam Alert”
As we continue to recover from Hurricane Irma please remember that “Scammers” are still active throughout the State of Florida trying to prey on those that have endured so much. The best way to avoid becoming a victim is to be prepared and remain vigilant. Here are some tips to safeguard against fraud:
Ask to see identification: All Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives are required to carry an identification badge with a photograph. A FEMA shirt or jacket is not proof of identity. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with anyone you encounter, contact your local Law Enforcement agency immediately.
Safeguard your FEMA registration number: This number is the key to your application information. Please safeguard it and do not share it with others.
Safeguard personal information: No State or Federal Government disaster assistance agency will call you to ask for your financial account information. Unless you place a call to a verified agency yourself, you should not provide personal information over the phone.
Federal Inspectors: FEMA Inspectors verify damages. They do not involve themselves in any aspect of the repair, nor do they recommend Contractors.
Beware of people going door to door: People knocking on doors at damaged homes or phoning homeowners claiming to be building contractors may be con artists, especially if they ask for personal information or solicit money.
The toll free FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline number is 866-720-5721. If you suspect fraud, please call this number!
If you have any questions regarding this awareness announcement, please feel free to contact Chief Doughney at (386) 517-2024.
Register locally for ‘crisis cleanup’
October 13, 2017 – Residents still in need of Hurricane Irma crisis cleanup assistance after Sunday should call Flagler Volunteer Services at 386-597-2950.
The current toll-free crisis cleanup national hotline – 800-451-1954 – goes offline on Sunday.
“After Sunday, residents can call Flagler Volunteer Services,” said Laura Nelson, senior mitigation planner. “Residents can still get their requests into the Crisis Cleanup Hotline before Sunday to simplify the process.”
The Crisis Cleanup hotline is a way to connect survivors with volunteers who can help.
“For those agencies providing relief services, they can continue to use the hotline to help connect with survivors,” said Sally Sherman, interim public safety manager. “Anyone needing assistance should reach out as soon as possible.”
“National Prescription Drug Take Back Day”
The front lobby of the Flagler Beach Police Department will be open on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in support of “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day”. The Police Department is located at 204 South Flagler Avenue, one (1) block south of SR100 on the east side of the Moody/SR100 Bridge.
This one (1) day event will provide residents and/or visitors with a no cost, anonymous collection of unwanted and/or expired medicines and this initiative is a collaboration between your local Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This one (1) day event supplements our ongoing efforts to safely collect and dispose of prescription medications with our Drug Collection Unit; which is located within the Police Department’s lobby.
Please help protect our children, families and environment by cleaning out your medicine cabinets and properly disposing of your unwanted and/or expired medicines. Medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning and flushed or trashed medicines can end up polluting our water sources. Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high; over half of teens abusing medicines get them from a family member or friend, including the home medicine cabinet, and often without their knowledge.
Chief Doughney stated “Our Drug Collection Unit, which was donated by CVS Pharmacy, is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our Department will be open on Saturday, October 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to collect any unwanted prescription medications and we’ll continue to work with DEA to dispose of drugs safely”.
If you have any questions about National “Prescription Drug Take Back Day”, please feel free to contact Chief Doughney at (386) 517-2024.