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Looking for a FEMA-approved contractor? There is no such thing

Fema_logo Just the other day, someone posted a comment on this blog saying his company's website listed FEMA-approved contractors looking for work. FEMA, as you probably know, is the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which steps in after disasters.

The only trouble with directing homeowners toward a list of FEMA-approved contractors is that there is no such thing. Here is a direct quote from FEMA:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency neither certifies nor endorses any private-sector contractor. Individuals and government entities should be extremely cautious when hiring contractors after any disaster.

Further, don't fall for the line that any product is approved or certified by FEMA. A statement like that is just not true. Also from FEMA:

Use of terms such as "FEMA Approved" and "FEMA Tested" are patently false and may well be violations of Federal Trade Commission and state consumer protection laws and regulations.

So whenever you hear someone make the false claim that they or their product is FEMA-approved, you can just assume that everything else they have to say is a bit suspect.

2 Comments on Looking for a FEMA-approved contractor? There is no such thing

  1. FEMA is only basically responsible for the financial aspect of disasters and emergencies.

  2. LoL, you gotta give him some credit for trying, though. It probably fooled some poor sap.
    We assume a lot of things about businesses. Many businesses say they are members of the “Better Business Bureau” and when you go to the BBB website you find out they are not even on there or worse –they have a bad rating. Trusted review websites such as Angie’s list are a great way in researching a given business from the consumer’s perspective.

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