FEMA has launched a Rumor Control site to help decipher what is being spread online. While there are only a few items listed here so far, it would still be good to check as time goes on and more items are added. Here is what they have so far:
There are reports emergency shelters are required to accommodate pets and service animals belonging to people who have evacuated. This is TRUE. (September 8)
There are also reports hotels are required to accommodate pets for people who have evacuated. This is FALSE. (September 8)
There are reports there is a high demand for fuel in Florida. That rumor is TRUE. (September 8)
There may be reports that disaster survivors should not remove flood-damaged sheetrock, flooring, carpet, etc. until the house is assessed by FEMA or insurance adjusters. This is FALSE. (September 5)
There may be reports of FEMA inspectors asking for personal information or charging for services such as damage inspections or contractor repairs. This is a SCAM. (September 5).
There may be reports from businesses that a FEMA list exists that permits travel into the disaster areas. If a business is not on the list, they may not do business in the area. This is FALSE. (September 5)
For more detailed explanations, and the link to watch for future updates, please go here: Rumor Control site