WeatherHurricane

Actions

FEMA warns hurricane victims of major privacy breach

Posted: 6:37 AM, Sep 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-10 06:37:33-04

Right now, millions of letters are going out from FEMA to those affected by a major privacy breach. The agency said they overshared personal information of victims of natural disasters, including Hurricane Irma.

If you got this letter in the mail from FEMA, your personal information was overshared with one of their contractors for years, including your banking information and address.

In the letter, FEMA said they overshared disaster survivor information with a contractor through their transitional sheltering assistance program.

That program reimburses survivors for hotel accommodations when they can’t return home for a long time after a natural disaster.

However, the program has not been used in more than a decade.

So since 2008, those personal details was unnecessarily given to a contract company.

Instead of reimbursing survivors, FEMA now provides direct payments to hotels through a contractor.

The agency said more than 2 million people were affected, including people in Southwest Florida when Irma hit.

The Department of Homeland Security discovered the incident during an ongoing audit.

They first announced the breach in March and now notices are just being mailed out to those affected.

The agency said all the information has been removed from the contractor’s system and they found that no information was compromised.

FEMA said it is providing free credit monitoring services for 18 months for those affected.

It’s unclear at this time how many people in Southwest Florida has received the letter but if you did and have any questions or concerns, email Fox 4 at news@fox4now.com.

Download Storm Shield App, www.StormShieldAlerts.com

Severe weather alerts on your smartphone

For severe weather alerts on your iOS and Android device, Storm Shield App has you covered.
New redesigned mobile app with new features

About Us

Download the Fox 4 Free Mobile Apps

The Fox 4 Now mobile app is your destination for breaking news, weather, traffic, live-streaming video and in-depth coverage to keep you informed throughout the day.

2019 STORM NAMES

Andrea Lorenzo
Barry Melissa
Chantal Nestor
Dorian Olga
Erin Pablo
Fernand Rebekah
Gabrielle Sebastien
Humberto Tanya
Imelda Van
Jerry Wendy
Karen


HURRICANE TERMS TO KNOW

Tropical Storm WATCH: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.

Tropical Storm WARNING: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.

Hurricane WATCH: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

Hurricane WARNING: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.