STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (May 21, 2013) – There is no doubt that the people of Moore, Okla., need assistance in the wake of yesterday’s massive deadly tornado. And, they need the help now.
Based on past experiences, I am certain that Staten Islanders and our fellow New Yorkers will do all we can in an effort to ease the pain and suffering of those ravaged by the tornado.
KNOW THE CHARITY
We all want to help, some hands-on, and others with donations of supplies and dollars. If you want to contribute money – Relevant Public Relations is urging you to make certain your donations will be headed to a legitimate charitable organization.
Following natural disasters, scam artists commonly try to stuff their own pockets by diverting much-needed emergency funds from those in need.
In the past, the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) have reminded the public of the potential for fraud in the aftermath of a disaster, such as the latest one in Oklahoma.
As the FBI points out:
“In the wake of natural disasters, many individuals feel moved to contribute to victim assistance programs and organizations across the country. The Department of Justice and the FBI remind the public to apply a critical eye and do [their] due diligence before giving to anyone soliciting donations on behalf of … victims. Solicitations can originate as e-mails, websites, door-to-door collections, mailings, telephone calls, and similar methods.”
Before making a donation of any kind, consumers should adhere to certain guidelines suggested by the FBI, including the following:
For additional information, including ways to report suspected fraud, click here to visit the FBI online.
To may find out where to donate safely by reading the msn.com article, “How To Help Moore, Okla., Tornado Victims.”
— Barton Horowitz, president
Relevant Public Relations