If you have money, scammers have a way to take it from you. Con artists talk about getting their victims so emotionally charged up that they are unable to think logically. They call it "under the ether," and it is how they play on hope, fear and empathy to defraud their victims.
By now, you may have heard of Nancy Davis. Nancy lives in Moore, Oklahoma and yes, her house was destroyed by the recent tornado that devastated several Oklahoma communities. Like many, she is reeling from the aftermath and will, no doubt, for some time.
Media images of nursing home residents being evacuated after an explosion this week at a nearby fertility plant in West, Texas, raise an important issue. That is, if your loved one is, or may some day be, in a nursing home, do you know what its evacuation and emergency plans are?
Hurricane Sandy roared into the East Coast during my first week as the AARP's new social media trainer. I noticed how many people were sharing incorrect information on social media and wrote a post explaining ways you can check the information you share with friends. In the aftermath of the storm and the growing crisis to provide assistance to thousands of people in 12 different states, I wanted to reach out and help. Luckily I'm friends with a leader at the Red Cross who encouraged me to jump in as a digital volunteer at the organization's Washington, DC headquarters. I had to extend my stay here thanks to the storm, so I loved the chance to help.
News reports have captured the magnitude of the devastation left by "superstorm" Sandy. The impact continues to increase as word begins to spread of personal loss and tragedy. A dire tale that I fear will grow worse in the coming days and weeks:
Prepare to batten down the hatches, East Coasters. After a rattling earthquake earlier this week, Hurricane Irene is coming our way. The National Weather Service predicts that the hurricane will pass along the eastern coast of Florida tonight and begin to move up through the eastern states over the next few days. Everyone in the area should expect to experience hurricane winds and heavy rainfall.
The Boy Scouts had it right. Their motto is "be prepared" and if the St. Louis tornado Friday taught us anything, it's to try and always heed this warning. The tornado was the strongest the area had seen in 44 years. Its 200 mph winds leveled houses and destroyed the roof of the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
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