This post ran previously on Kathy’s Remodeling Blog, but it’s good to repeat now, following Hurricane Irene:
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 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.
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.