If you’re concerned about identity theft, those reported mega-data breaches, or someone gaining access to your credit report without your permission, you might consider placing a credit freeze on your report.

What is a credit freeze?
Does a credit freeze affect my credit score?
Does a credit freeze stop prescreened credit offers?
Can anyone see my credit report if it is frozen?
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by Seena Gressin
Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC

If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the 143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Effective 8 p.m. Friday, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) set port condition X-ray for the Port of Charleston and all other terminals and facilities due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds generated by Hurricane Irma that may arrive within 48 hours.

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MIAMI — The Coast Guard has established an emergency phone line for mariners in life-threatening situations in preparation for the anticipated loss of marine radio transmissions due to Hurricane Irma.

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Pets and Animals - Get Informed

Know what disasters could affect your area, which could call for an evacuation and when to shelter in place.
Keep a NOAA Weather Radio tuned to your local emergency station and monitor TV, radio, and follow mobile alert and mobile warnings about severe weather in your area.
Download the FEMA app, receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States.

Make a Plan

Remember, during a disaster what’s good for you is good for your pet, so get them ready today.

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By Staff Sgt. Andrew Park, 94th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

An F-5 Tiger II taxis on the flightline at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Sept. 6, 2017. The aircraft arrived from Key West Naval Air Station, Fla. to avoid being in the path of Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Peek)

DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) -- Late on the evening of Sept. 6, 2017, the first of several KC-130 Super Hercules carrying evacuees landed at the Dobbins Air Reserve Base flightline. What began as a typical aircraft arrival scene with airfield managers guiding the planes in, became a bit more unique as Marine Corps aircrews offloaded suitcases of different shapes and colors and arranged them in rows on the flightline. Families exited the aircraft – some with children and pets – and made their way off the flightline, beginning the next leg of their long journey to safety.

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