On December 21, 2021, the City of Pelham received the good news that FEMA had issued a disaster declaration for the October 6 flooding event. The declaration allows flood victims to apply for individual assistance. Although many were relieved a declaration had been made, there's something we want our residents to know.
After a disaster, scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals often attempt to take advantage of disaster survivors. Here's some valuable information to keep in mind:
- FEMA representatives will NEVER ask for money or payment in order to receive assistance.
- FEMA representatives will never ask for money to assist with the filing of federal flood claims.
- FEMA employees will have an official, laminated federal photo ID with credentials prominently displayed.
- FEMA inspectors and representatives will already have your application/registration number. Keep your number safe and do not share it with others.
- FEMA inspectors cannot determine eligibility or dollar amounts for assistance.
- Inspectors are not autorized to collect your personal financial information.
- If someone who claims to be from FEMA asks for your bank information, it's fraud.
- FEMA does not send building or repair contractors. The job of a FEMA housing inspector is to verify damage. FEMA does not hire or endorse specific contractors to fix homes or recommend repairs.
If you feel you're a victim of a scam, contact the Pelham Police Department, the Shelby County Sheriff, or the Attorney General.
Ways to report suspected fraud:
For more information, click here: FEMA Fraud Facts