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  • Consumer Alert: Free credit reports for Delawareans

    Senator Coons’ constituent service team is spreading the word: everyone is entitled to a free credit report once per year.

    The Fair Credit Reporting Act requires each of the nation’s consumer reporting companies — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months. This legislation also promotes the accuracy and privacy of information held by the consumer reporting companies.

    A credit report includes personal information, including your address, how you pay your bills and whether you have filed for bankruptcy. Nationwide consumer reporting companies provide this information to creditors, insurers, employers, and other businesses that use it to evaluate your applications for credit, insurance or employment.

    It is extremely important to review your credit report regularly to make sure all the information is correct. If you spot an inaccuracy, you can work to have it resolved before the bad information impacts your ability to buy or rent a home, open a credit card, or complete other purchases.

    To take advantage of your right to a free annual credit report under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, you can:

    • Visit annualcreditreport.com
    • Call 1-877-322-8228
    • Print and complete the Annual Credit Report Request Form at ftc.gov/credit and mail it to: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281
    • Do not contact the three nationwide consumer reporting companies directly. They are providing free annual credit reports only through the website, phone number and address listed above.

    For more information on accessing your credit report, please click here .

  • Senator Coons encourages blood donation

    Senator Coons’ office recently came together to create an employee team for the Blood Bank of Delmarva. It is important to Chris and his staff that Delawareans are aware of the Blood Bank’s life- changing and life-saving work.

    The Blood Bank of Delmarva is a non-profit community service organization that provides blood and blood products to 16 hospitals on the Delmarva Peninsula. In the past year, over 50,000 people provided blood donations for over 20,000 recipients.

    This is a time when the nation’s blood supply is often experiencing critical shortages. Many people are unaware that much of today’s medical care depends on a steady supply of blood from healthy donors. About one out of every seven people entering a hospital needs blood.

    “Blood donation is about saving lives,” said Chris.  “A member of my staff recently shared with me that her father is here today because of the generosity of blood donors--a sudden illness required that he receive 11 pints of blood.  He was fortunate that blood was available at the time of his emergency because that is not always the case.  In order to keep saving lives, we must continue to encourage others to donate.” 

    One pint of blood, the average donation, can save up to three people’s lives. If only an additional one percent of all Americans gave blood, blood shortages would disappear for the foreseeable future.

    Healthy adults who are at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds may donate one pint of blood every two months. The process takes one hour and four easy steps: medical history, quick physical, give blood and snacks.

    The Blood Bank of Delmarva operates four blood donor centers throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, as well as 32 established mobile donation locations. Check with your company, school, place of worship, or civic organization to see if they host blood drives.

    For more information about the Blood Bank, creating a team, or to schedule an appointment to give blood visit: www.delmarvablood.org

    Tags:
    Delaware
    Health
  • Combating violations of the Do Not Call Registry

    Over the last six weeks, our office has heard from a number of constituents who are signed up for the national Do Not Call Registry, yet are still receiving solicitation calls at home. Many of the calls seem to come from one entity, “Cardholder Services,” which continues to contact Delawareans even if they are in the Do Not Call Registry.

    We are taking action to address this problem as quickly as possible.

    In the past, the Federal Trade Commission took action against a telemarketing scam where a solicitor identifies themselves as “Rachel from Cardholder Services.” It seems as if those behind the current calls have picked up the audio and dialing technology from that scam.

    The FTC is working to shut down as many of these copycats as they can, but they have advised us that the best defense is a good offense. So, we want to spread the word among Delawareans: never share your credit card number, Social Security number, or any other personal information with unsolicited, unknown callers. Getting phone calls at home is annoying, but the consequences of identity fraud can be devastating.

    Many of these “Cardholder Services” calls claim to be able to negotiate lower interest rates with your credit card companies, if you just pay them a fee first.  Don’t fall for it! It is illegal to take fees upfront before providing services, and the FTC says that the companies behind these calls can’t do anything for you that you can’t do for yourself – for free.

    If you have received calls like these despite being on the Do Not Call Registry, you can file a complaint at www.donotcall.gov or by calling 1-888-382-1222. You should also feel free to contact Senator Coons’ Wilmington office at (302) 573-6345.

    Tags:
    Delaware
    Technology
  • Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test to occur on Nov. 9th

    Senator Coons would like to make all Delawareans aware of the upcoming national Emergency Alert System test (EAS) that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communication Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will be conducted on Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

    For the first time in our nation’s history, the federal government will conduct a nationwide EAS test to all EAS Participants concurrently. EAS Participants include all broadcasters, satellite and digital radio and television, cable television and wireline video providers who ensure the system is at a constant state of readiness.

    The test will be approximately 30 seconds in duration and a single, live-code alert is sent simultaneously to Primary Entry Point (PEP) stations across the country. PEP stations are designated to relay national alerts to the public and other stations in their coverage area.

    In order to reduce public panic, and prevent the emergency phone systems from being flooded with calls, we ask that you pass this information along to members of your community.

    Click here to learn more about the nationwide EAS test.

    Tags:
    FCC
    FEMA
    NOAA
  • Contact Senator Coons using our new toll-free number

    Today, our office introduced a new toll-free number that Delawareans can use to connect with Senator Coons on issues important to them and situations where they need his help. The new toll-free number is 877-668-3368.

    “It’s important to me that Delawareans are able to connect with me and my office easily and conveniently,” Chris said. “Whether it’s to offer an opinion on the policy issues important to them or to get help with a specific personal issue involving a federal agency, I hope that having a toll-free number will invite more Delawareans to reach out.”

    The toll-free number will route Delawareans to Chris’ Dover office, where they will speak directly with a member of his staff during normal business hours.

    Our office's additional non-toll-free numbers:

    Washington Office: 202-224-5042

    Wilmington Office: 302-573-6345

    Dover Office: 302-736-5601

  • Celebrating Independence Day in the First State

    Senator Coons walking on a Delaware parade for the Fourth of July.

    Senator Coons spent his Fourth of July at home in Delaware participating in both the Smyrna-Clayton Independence Day parade and the Dover parade.

    The Smyrna-Clayton parade, claimed to be Delaware’s oldest 4th of July parade, occurred Monday morning along Main Street in Clayton. Following the parade, festivities were held at Smyrna Municipal Park included music, a lawnmower race, and a carnival.

    The Dover parade, organized by the American Legion Walter L. Fox Post 2 of Dover, took a route through downtown Dover.  Dover’s festivities included face painting, rock wall climbing, and minirides on the Legislative Mall. The U.S. Air force conducted a flyover and the 287th Army Band of the Delaware National Guard held a concert as part of the opening ceremony. The Dover parade concluded with a firework display.

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    National Guard
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