FEMA creates Hurricane Florence ‘rumor control’ page

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — With Hurricane Florence trending on Twitter and Facebook, rumors about the storm have begun to go viral.

That’s why FEMA created a Hurricane Florence Rumor Control webpage to dispel false information circulating about the storm.


We have created a rumor control page for Hurricane that will be updated regularly. During disasters, it’s critical to avoid spreading false information. Always check with official sources before sharing. http://fema.gov/florence-rumors 

The only rumor on the page as of 2 p.m. Wednesday is one that 10 On Your Side debunked earlier this week: That federal law passed following Hurricane Katrina mandates all shelters and hotels to accommodate pets during an evacuation. 

This rumor is not true.

According to FEMA, the only animals that hotels and shelters are required to accept are service animals because of the Americans with Disability Act.

There are pet friendly hotels and shelters in the Hampton Roads area. To find them, visit Pet Welcome’s website or check out 10 On Your Side’s Hurricane Florence shelter guide.

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