Warning – Scammers are pretending to be calling from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

A warning from our friends at the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF)

ALERT: The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is aware of calls being made by unknown persons claiming to be the VCF. These callers ask questions about the status of an individual’s VCF claim, state that the individual may be entitled to money, and/or ask for personal information in order to mail a claim package or file a claim on the individuals’ behalf.

If you receive a call with questions about your VCF claim or your potential eligibility for compensation from someone that you suspect is not VCF staff, you should not provide any information to the caller. When possible, please note details about the call (date, time, caller ID if available, name of caller, questions asked, etc.) and report the call to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP or online at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov.

Calls made by VCF staff follow a standard protocol for validating the claimant’s identity. Effective immediately, the VCF will never ask you for your full Social Security Number. If you are uncertain whether the caller is from the VCF, please end the call and contact the VCF Helpline at 1-855-885-1555.

Please share this information with other members of the September 11th community.

 

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New York emergency preparedness better than U.S. average

New York State ranks fifth in readiness for emergencies, states the National Health Security Preparedness Index.

The five-year-old Index scores states ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a variety of disasters, from terrorism to natural disasters, to health security, and antibiotic resistance, writes Joe Dziemianowicz for the New York Daily News. Taken into account are 140 measures – number of pediatricians, status of infrastructure, and how organizations train together to prepare for emergencies.

New York and Vermont tied for fifth place with a score of 7.6 out of a possible 10. In third place was Massachusetts with a 7.7 score. Virginia scored 7.8 and Maryland 8.0. Lowest place went to Nevada and Alaska, tied with 6.4. The national average was 7.1.

All National Health Security Preparedness Index results can be found here.

Scores are on the upswing since the Index was started in 2013.

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TSA bomb-sniffing dogs, which are critical to the city’s safety, should remain, Schumer says

The Transportation Security Administration (the TSA) has suggested that local and state governments should pay for explosive detection dogs, as the TSA is underfunded, reports Alison Fox for AMNY.

Senator Chuck Schumer and Governor Andrew Cuomo have criticized the proposal.

There are 31 canine explosives teams in the U.S.; the largest one is New York City’s, which has 30 dogs currently funded by the TSA. The dogs patrol rail stations, airports, large events, and other sites around the city.

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