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Sandy Scams

Posted: December 9, 2012 by JDM aka JACKIE SPEAKS in GOOD CAUSES, JACKIESPEAKS247 BLOG, MEDIA, NEW YORK, NEWS, SERIOUSLY, WEATHER
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Hurricane Sandy was a devastating natural disaster that hit us where it hurts. At this time we must be thankful for what we have, there are so many people who lost everything. Many lost entire homes, cars, jobs, and at worst lives.

Several foundations and organizations have reached out to the public for donations and or volunteer time. Valid organizations including but not limited to: The Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, and The Salvation Army.

The tricky part with “helping” is knowing where your donation is truly going. It was said that people were being tricked, scammed and robbed at home.

The above named foundations / organizations have stated that they were notified of fraudulent activity by scammers. They have notified the public to not agree to anything with “door to door” representatives. The Red Cross especially; would never show up door to door for cash donations.

Also, there were people dressing up as fireman, gas and electric company servicemen, contractors and whatever else you can imagine; entering people’s homes to rob them during these tough times. Although most of the issues have been resolved, there are areas that were so badly affected they STILL have ongoing power and or service issues, and being devastated they barely have a clear mind to handle these unexpected attacks.

Tips on being safe and aware are:

Research online with official websites for drop off sites, volunteer locations, and donation protocol. Or call the official hot line for said company, even 311 can verify them.

Never hand cash, check, or credit card details to someone who knocks on your door. A true organization will always have a valid website and protocol for people who want to help.

You can visit or call your local churches or senator office to ask about local drop offs for food and clothing drives.

If a serviceman from an electric or gas company shows up at your house ask for ID.

Last but not least, use your common sense. 😉

Be safe!

-Jackie Speaks

LOW SNOW BLOWS

Posted: January 5, 2011 by JDM aka JACKIE SPEAKS in JACKIESPEAKS247 BLOG, LIFE, MEDIA, WEATHER

LOW SNOW BLOWS!

So as you know we recently had a crazy snow blizzard in NY leaving many of the 5 boroughs snowed in and under with over 2 feet of snow. People were at a standstill with public transportation and also roadways. I saw things I never thought I would see. Bloomberg has really done it this time!!!.

The following are things I heard and are indeed true facts:

A man was found dead in the snow in Staten Island by another man who was shoveling. The man had apparently had a heart attack and was then covered in snow.

A baby died because an ambulance took too long to get to him and also because 911 took too long to get the call.

A man who attempted suicide off a building actually lived thanks to all the garbage that was not being collected by the dept of sanitation! He landed on a garbage bag and damaged his spine but survived the fall.

A riot and several fights (all at the same time) broke out on the D train in Brooklyn due to irate passengers once the trains were up and running. They were running once an hour and then packed to capacity so every train that did show up was followed by fist fights and impatience.

Angry home owners in Brooklyn and I’m sure other boroughs were fuming because not only did the city not plow the snow for 3-5 days, but on top of that when they finally did they tossed all the snow from the street right back onto the cleaned sidewalks! Oh yeah..and back on top of the garbage that STILL hasn’t been picked up which Bloomberg expects homeowners to have dug out.

Luckily we had some strange heat wave on Saturday and by today alot of the snow has melted and or been plowed away. We are left with ice patches and some snow and slush…and umm the garbage (I hope they get it tomorrow because it looks like a fort along the curb!)

This NEW YORK snow blows update brought to you by Jackie da Model 😉

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