Dallas County Judge Jenkins Urges Residents to be Aware of Post-Disaster Fraud Practices

For Immediate Release
December 28, 2015

Dallas County Judge Jenkins Urges Residents to be Aware of Post-Disaster Fraud Practices

DALLAS, Texas —Under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, Texas law specifically prohibits deceptive acts or practices following a disaster declared by the Governor. These acts may include the selling or leasing of fuel, food, medicine or another necessity at an excessive price or demanding an excessive price in connection with the sale of these items.

Additionally, other post-disaster fraud practices may include fraudulent building or housing inspectors and contractors, phony pleas for disaster donations or fake offers of local, state or federal aid. Those who suspect fraud or have a consumer complaint can contact the Texas Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 621-0508.

Door-to-door sales are quite common in post-disaster areas. Under Texas law, the seller must advise you of your right to cancel the sale within three days, and you should always ask for a physical address and for references. Be wary of any contractor that asks for full payment in advance or provides you a contract with blank spaces in it.

“I urge residents who are covered by insurance to work closely with their insurance provider. When interviewing a contractor, ask questions, ask for identification and ensure any contractor you hire is a legitimate contractor in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. It’s also critically important that you safeguard your personal information. As state and federal assessment teams survey the damage, please know they will always have identification and will never ask for or accept money,” said County Judge Clay Jenkins.

For additional information: https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/cpd/consumer-protection

CONTACT:
Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Judge
Clay.Jenkins@dallascounty.org
214-653-7949

Dallas County Judge Jenkins Provides Severe Weather Damage Update

For Immediate Release
December 27, 2015

Dallas County Judge Jenkins Provides Severe Weather Damage Update

DALLAS, Texas —The National Weather Service has preliminary confirmed a EF3 tornado went through Rowlett and a EF4 tornado went through Garland yesterday evening. We are beginning to get preliminary damage reports from across the county.

In Sunnyvale, a RV park had approximately 63 structures with some level of damage. In Glenn Heights, approximately 116 structures have been damaged, with 29 homes with major damage. In Rowlett, there may be as many as 600 homes with damage. Please note these numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Assessments are ongoing but have been delayed due to the continued rain.

Due to downed power lines, damaged structures and debris, we are encouraging people to avoid any affected areas and let first responders do their jobs without interference.

In the City of Rowlett, a 24 hour curfew has been established for the affected areas. Only residents and emergency personnel will be allowed in those areas. For the safety of all responders and residents, please be respectful of this curfew.

“I am so proud of our first responders including the regular citizens who have helped their neighbors in DeSoto, Garland, Glenn Heights, Rowlett and Sunnyvale. With an increase in rainfall in the last 24 hours, flash flooding is still a threat so we encourage residents to stay home if you don’t have to be out tonight,” said County Judge Clay Jenkins.

CONTACT:
Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Judge
Clay.Jenkins@dallascounty.org
214-653-7949

Statement from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 26, 2015

Statement from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins

“Several cities in Dallas County have sustained damage tonight and damage is widespread throughout North Texas. Please stay home. Let our first responders do their jobs without interference. Flash flooding, downed power lines and other hazards will be present tonight. If you don’t have to be out, please help us by staying home. There are currently approximately 38,000 people in Dallas County without power down from 53,000 a few minutes ago and Oncor crews are working hard to restore the power as soon as possible to affected areas.”

Media Contact:
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins
Clay.Jenkins@dallascounty.org
214-653-7949

Texas Farmers and Ranchers Have Options for Disaster Assistance

Release date:  December 14, 2015
Release Number: DR-4245-TX-NR010

 

AUSTIN, Texas – When disasters such as the October severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding strike, farmers and ranchers may be eligible for assistance from several agencies and should apply today.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may assist survivors who are farmers and ranchers with some immediate needs including:

  • Grants to pay for temporary housing and minor home repairs,
  • Grants to replace personal property, including clothing,
  • Grants to pay for serious immediate needs not covered by insurance.

Apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone (voice, 711 or relay service) at 800-621-3362. TTY users should call 800-462-7585. The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

For more information, please visit: www.fema.gov.