AG, Auditor & Capitol Police Join Forces For Flood Relief Drop-Off Site‏

Updated 1 year ago by WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced a local drop-off site for flood relief supplies, while urging consumers to exercise caution when giving to disaster charities during the State
of Emergency impacting 44 counties.
 
The Attorney General’s Office, in cooperation with the Auditor's Office and Capitol Police, will collect relief supplies at the State Capitol. Donated items can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at California Avenue and Kanawha Boulevard, where organizers will load supplies into large trucks for transport to an American Red Cross warehouse.
 
Suggested items include bottled water, non-perishable food, baby diapers, bleach, brooms, mops, shovels, bleach wipes, hand sanitizer, triple-antibiotic ointment, work gloves, rubber boots and buckets.
 
“The scope of this week’s disaster is breathtaking,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “I call upon all West Virginians to pull together and take care of one another. Our Capitol drop-off location is just one of many safe avenues for your generosity.”
 
The Attorney General’s Office also remains on guard for sham charities and price gouging violations. Anyone with questions or a potential violation should call the Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808 or file a report online at www.wvago.gov.
 
The tip line will remain operational with extended, weekend hours from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
 
Those concerned about the legitimacy of a specific charity or organization should review the Secretary of State’s website to confirm if it is registered to solicit donations in West Virginia. Consumers also can research charities online via www.charitynavigator.org or www.guidestar.org.
 
Additional tips to keep in mind when giving to disaster relief organizations:
  • Research any unfamiliar organization.
  • Never feel pressure to donate immediately.
  • Be suspicious of charities that ask for donations in cash or via wire transfer.
  • Use https:// websites to limit identity theft and avoid third-party internet links.
  • Verify any local chapter is authorized to solicit funds on behalf of its parent organization.
  • Be wary of any charity refusing to detail its mission, use of donations or proof of tax deductibility.
  • Keep records, including a letter confirming the charitable status of the organization for contributions in excess of $250.
The state’s price gouging law specifically prohibits any person, business, or contractor from inflating the price of select consumer items by more than 10 percent of what it sold for 10 days prior to the declaration. It remains in effect until the governor’s State of Emergency declaration is lifted or 30 days, whichever is longer, subject to limited exceptions.
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