Disaster repair scams target the most vulnerable. Here’s how to avoid them

No sooner had the ice thawed from this winter’s ferocious storms than the disaster repair scams appeared like spring weeds. They promised a speedy and painless recovery but delivered little — or nothing.
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Vieques is not ready for tourism — can Cape Air keep my money?

After Hurricane Maria devastates Vieques, Neil Cohn finds himself without a place to stay during his upcoming vacation. But Cape Air won’t refund or exchange his tickets. Can our advocates persuade Cape Air to make Cohn whole instead of keeping his money? Read more “Vieques is not ready for tourism — can Cape Air keep my money?”

Can Interval International punish me for hurricane switch?

Talk about a bad trade.

Terri Williams swapped her Interval International timeshare credits for a resort in St. Thomas during hurricane season without purchasing trip insurance. Unfortunately, Hurricane Irma inflicted substantial damage to St. Thomas and the resort she traded for will be closed a while, forcing her to cancel her vacation. Read more “Can Interval International punish me for hurricane switch?”

Scam alert! In this hyperactive hurricane season, the worst may not be over

Harvey. Irma. Maria.

In a hyperactive hurricane season, the mere mention of these storms evokes fear, dread — and regret. Read more “Scam alert! In this hyperactive hurricane season, the worst may not be over”

Heartbreaking and heartwarming — helping out after Hurricane Harvey

I live in Houston, which received over 50 inches of rain during Hurricane Harvey between August 25, when it made landfall in Texas, and August 29. On Friday, August 25, I used Facebook’s Safety Check feature to notify my friends that I was safe. Earlier in the day, I had filled my car with gas, my bathtub with water, my freezer with ice cubes and my cupboards with food. Then I hunkered down to wait for the rain to stop. Read more “Heartbreaking and heartwarming — helping out after Hurricane Harvey”