Better Business Bureau ~ While Eta made landfall as a Tropical Storm, high winds and substantial amounts of rain has caused flooding.  Those affected will start to evaluate any damage done and begin the clean-up process.

Better Business Bureau encourages consumers to take the time to properly research contractors at to find reputable companies they can trust.  Natural disasters can bring out the best in people, as strangers reach out to help others in need. Unfortunately, the aftermath of a major storm typically also brings out many types of scams and unlicensed contractors who take advantage of those who have been victimized.

Better Business Bureau is warning local residents that may be affected by the storm to beware of storm chasers and out-of-town contractors soliciting business.  It is common for out-of-town storm chasers to solicit business after storms; read more about how to protect yourself.  Disaster victims should never feel pressured to make a decision by an unknown contractor.  Consumers should Start With Trust and look for the BBB Accredited Business Seal; these companies are screened, monitored, licensed and trusted.  Storm chasers may not have proper licensure for your area and may offer quick fixes or make big promises to which they won’t deliver.

BBB offers resources for after a storm passes at:

BBB’s Florida Hurricane Guide provides a one-stop resource page to help Florida’s consumers, businesses and nonprofits prepare for a hurricane.  Within this guide, you will find tips on disaster preparedness, recovery and repair, how to avoid storm chaser scams, giving wisely to disaster relief charities and additional government resources.  Please take a moment to review this guide and share with family and friends.  Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local Better Business Bureau.


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