Albany, NY -- Individuals who have called the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) toll-free number to report property damage from the April 20 Ausable Forks earthquake in Clinton and Essex counties are being reminded to ask anyone claiming to be an inspector to produce legitimate identification.
"We want to make sure that no one is taken in by an imposter trying to take advantage of the situation," said Federal Coordinating Officer Marianne C. Jackson. "All of our inspectors are ready and willing to produce their official photo identification."
Inspectors from other agencies also may visit damaged property during the recovery process. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) sends loss verifiers to inspect damaged property of those who have submitted loan applications. Local building and safety inspectors check damaged structures to assess their safety and to monitor and review rebuilding efforts.
"People who may have property damage from the earthquake but have not yet called to register should call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) today," Jackson added. "We urge everyone with property damage to register for assistance."