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Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:49 pm

FEMA seeks to battle fake news ahead of Hurricane Florence

Nathan Crooks | Bloomberg

As Hurricane Florence barrels ever-closer to the East Coast, FEMA is preparing for an onslaught of another sort – fake news.

Besides urging residents in the storm's path to make final preparations for what could be one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the region in decades, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is also trying to get ahead of false information that can quickly spread on social networks, saying on Twitter Wednesday that it's created a rumor control page:

"There are reports all emergency shelters and hotels are required to accommodate pets for people who have evacuated," FEMA said in its first posting on the site. "This is FALSE."