September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, and the Oregon Department of Justice, the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and the Council of Building Contractors have prepared a new resource guide for residents of the United States. ‘Oregon. The easy-to-read ten-page booklet is available in English and Spanish and covers topics such as working with your insurance company, hiring a contractor to help you rebuild, spotting and avoiding a disaster-related scam, and how to get help if you’ve been a victim.
The new booklet is designed to be shared electronically and in a print format to community partners and local governments working with a community after a disaster.
âThroughout the pandemic and the eruption of heat waves, ice storms, smoke from forest fires and more, dishonest individuals are still in hiding. Some are outright crooks, but many are just unscrupulous businesses looking for quick cash. They could be unlicensed contractors looking for work, or sellers of price gouging bottled water or cleaning products. Whichever way you look at it, it can feel overwhelming to navigate when your home and community has been damaged, âAttorney General Rosenblum said. “We wanted to create a guide that could be provided to people in real time, and that included information to stay safe from scam or disaster-related fraud.”
Last year, in the aftermath of Oregon’s historic wildfires, the Oregon Department of Justice took an âall-terrainâ approach to supporting the state’s recovery. Lawyers and Justice Department staff worked to help ensure that resources were channeled to the victims of the fires as quickly as possible and supported local nonprofits that provided services to those affected by the blaze. forest fires. This new multi-agency guide is yet another tool for Oregonians.
âDisasters can happen at any time. This booklet is designed to help you avoid the pitfalls and guide you to recovery, âsaid Andrew Stolfi, Insurance Commissioner and Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. âWe are excited to partner with the DOJ and CCB to create this reference guide to disasters and believe it will be a valuable resource for many Oregonians. ”
âJust as there are people willing to capitalize on the misfortune of others, there are legal protections to help protect Oregonians. Consumers need to be made aware of disaster scams, they need to know their rights and they should always check the license before agreeing to any work with a contractor, âsaid Chris Huntington, director of the Building Contractors Council.