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If you've played the NEC Challenge App, then you have answered the questions, competed against electrical code fanatics from around the country and improved your NEC knowledge. But do you have what it takes to come up with the actual questions for the Challenge? If so, NFPA has a way for you to join in its creation. If you can send an email; you can be participate! NEC Challenge

 

How? It's easy. Just submit your questions to NECChallengeQs@nfpa.org. Questions should be submitted in  a word document attached to the email, and they must meet the following criteria for consideration:

  • Multiple choice with four (4) options
  • Word document must contain the question, choices, and the correct answer
  • Only one correct answer choice (no "pick all that apply")
  • Answer should include a brief explanation (2-3 sentences)
  • General knowledge categories are best
  • Questions that involve calculations are not a good idea

 

Keep in mind that selected questions will be entered in the NEC Challenge App game and contestants only have a limited time to answer. Also, this is not the place to submit questions for NFPA technical experts; these questions are best handled by calling 1-800-344-3555 and submitting your question through NFPA's technical question service. Please note that the technical question service is available to NFPA members and AHJs. 

 

So what are you waiting for? Get your questions in today and be part of the NEC Challenge!

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Making matters worse for the millions of Americans who lost their homes to hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters in 2017 are hundreds of thousands of fraudsters trying to capitalize on their losses. The Economist reported earlier this month that more than 200,000 applications for disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are suspected to be fraudulent. 
As I reported in the current issue of NFPA Journal, about 4.7 million Americans registered for federal disaster aid in 2017, a tenfold jump from 2016–a result of the three massive hurricanes that pummeled parts of Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico in late summer and the deadly Western wildfires that followed in the fall.  My colleague Jesse Roman and I covered the hurricanes extensively in a package called "Storm Season," which appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of NFPA Journal
According to The Economist, it's unclear if there's a link between the fraudulent disaster aid claims and the 2017 Equifax data breach, which compromised the personal information of more than 143 million Americans, although experts say it could have made disaster victims' information more accessible. An FBI task force has been formed to investigate fraudulent claims related to the northern California wildfires. Visit FEMA's disaster fraud page for information on how to prevent fraud and what to do if you think you're a victim of fraud. 

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