Social media can be a powerful tool for sharing information, especially during a time of crisis like the one that millions of people are facing this weekend as Hurricane Irma approaches.
One much-discussed rumor on social media this week is whether hotels and shelters must accommodate people with pets and service animals.
"There are reports emergency shelters are required to accommodate pets and service animals belonging to people who have evacuated.
On the other hand, it is a good idea to document all storm damage to your property, with videos and photos, as you restore your home and be sure to keep all receipts.
Scam artists are known to pose as government officials, churches, charitable organizations or insurance company employees, FEMA notes.
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