FEMA offers webpage to distinguish between true and false stories about IRMA


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created a web page to help those in Irma’s path to identify fact vs fiction when it comes to rumors about everything from pets to fuel.

In a Twitter post, they write: “We created an rumor control page to help you verify what’s true and what’s not.”

Here is a brief list of rumors and their veracity:

  • Rumor: Emergency shelters are required to accommodate pets and service animals –  TRUE
  • Rumor: Hotels are required to accommodate pets for people who have evacuated – FALSE, however hotels must accept service animals, but check with the hotel to ensure availability.
  • There is a high demand for fuel in Florida – TRUE, the demand in some areas has increased five times above normal and gas stations are reporting temporary outages, The State of Florida advises residents to only take the amount of fuel necessary to get a destination.
  • Disaster survivors should not remove flood-damaged sheetrock, flooring, carpet, etc. until the house is assessed by FEMA or insurance adjustors. – FALSE, cleaning up and temporary repairs will not disqualify requesters from federal disaster assistance.
  • FEMA inspectors will ask for personal information or charge for services – FALSE, this is a SCAM. If you suspect fraud, contact the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721.
  • A FEMA list exists that permits travel into the disaster areas for businesses – FALSE. FEMA didn’t create a list like this. Before attempting to enter a disaster-impacted area, check with local officials.

For additional details and updated information, check the FEMA Hurricane Irma Rumor Control page.

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