Natural disaster resource guide educates residents on what to watch out for

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — From winter ice storms assisted by rolling power outages, to coastal flooding and unprecedented wildfires, Oregon has experienced a disturbing increase in natural disasters in the last year and a half.

And as a growing number of Oregonians fall victim to these incidents, the potential for disaster-related scams and fraud also rises.

“I can not imagine fleeing my home in fear of a wildfire or another natural disaster,” Ellen Klem, director of Consumer Outreach and Education for the Oregon Attorney General’s Office, told KOIN 6 News. “Decisions at that time would be very challenging and I fear I would probably make the wrong one.”

To help arm Oregonians against a disaster-related scam or fraud, the Oregon Department of Justice, the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and the Construction Contractors Board jointly released a Natural Disaster Resource Guide for Oregonians.

“This is such a devastating time in the lives of these individuals,” Klem…

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