Common Disaster-Related Rumors

There often are many rumors and scams after a disaster. Do your part to the stop the spread of rumors by doing three easy things: 

  1. Find trusted sources of information. 
  2. Share information from trusted sources. 
  3. Discourage others from sharing information from unverified sources. 
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Hawaii rumor control

Recent Disasters

If you're looking for information related to the recent Hawaii wildfires (DR-4724-HI), get the facts and answers to frequently asked questions specific to the disaster in Hawaii.

Rumors

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Fact:

It depends. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits of insurance. If insurance does not cover the entire cost of your lodging expenses during a disaster, you may still be eligible for reimbursement.

Fact:

It depends. When you receive a letter that states your application is “not approved” or “incomplete” you can check your status online or call the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362, for more information.

This letter may mean that more information is needed, or that your insurance claim needs to be settled before FEMA disaster assistance can be granted.

Fact:

This is not true. Flood insurance is available to homeowners, renters, condos and businesses. 

Visit the National Flood Insurance Program page for more information.

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