From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — In the wake of a tragedy, such as the one that struck Lee County on Sunday, it is natural for communities to come together to help those suffering from immense loss. The state attorney general, however, said that vigilance must be used take make sure that the help given will reach those in need.
Attorney General Marshall urged the public to exercise caution before giving money to charities, to ensure that their money really goes to help tornado victims. He also reminded the public that Alabama’s price-gouging laws are in effect due to the State of Emergency declared by Governor Kay Ivey.
“Alabamians are blessed with an indomitable spirit of compassion to help others,” said Marshall. “Therefore, it’s not surprising that many want to contribute to their neighbors’ recovery from the recent devastating tornadoes. Sadly, criminals often seek to profit from others’ tragedies, therefore we must be vigilant in our charitable giving. Before contributing, please take steps to verify that your money will go to help storm victims and not to fund fraudsters. Know and use the resources available to check the legitimacy of charitable organizations so that your donations really do go to help those in need. And if you do suspect someone is trying to illegally solicit contributions, notify law enforcement or my office.”
Attorney General Steve Marshall and Governor Kay Ivey joined local officials in Beauregard on Wednesday to survey the storm damage.