Press Release

For Immediate Release: September 1, 2011

Union County Alerts Residents to Consumer Issues in the Aftermath of Hurricane Irene

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders advised homeowners to be watchful for insurance scams, price gouging, questionable charity solicitations, and other consumer issues related to disaster cleanup and recovery.

Residents with questions about a business, service or charity in Union County can call the Union County Office of Consumer Affairs at 908-654-9840 for guidance, or file a complaint online at the County website,https://ucnj.org/government/public-safety/consumer-affairs/consumer-complaint-form/.

Excessive or predatory pricing for gas, home repairs and other essential products and services is illegal during and after a declared state of emergency.

According to a bulletin from the New Jersey State Department of Banking and Insurance, insurance companies should not apply a hurricane deductible to claims related to Hurricane Irene in New Jersey. This only applies when hurricane force winds reach 74 miles per hour or greater, and the National Weather Service did not report winds meeting these criteria in the state.

Additional hurricane related updates are available at www.ucnj.org.

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For more information on any Union County press release, please contact Sebastian D’Elia, Communications Director for the County of Union, or a designee listed at the top of this press release.   Please join the County of Union online at www.ucnj.org, on Facebook at www.ucnj.org/facebook, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/countyofunionnj.

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