|May 31, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi urges Floridians to prepare for hurricane season, which begins Friday, June 1, and to be aware of hurricane-related dangers. Floridians should make plans for their families and businesses and can visit FloridaDisaster.org for helpful tips. Additionally, during any declared state of emergency, Floridians should guard themselves against and report “price-gouging,” the imposition of unconscionable prices in the rental or sale of essential commodities.
“We’ve already seen two tropical storms in advance of hurricane season, and I encourage Floridians to be prepared before a storm hits,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Price gouging is against the law, and consumers should be wary of businesses that overcharge for food, water, ice, gas, lodging and generators and for necessary materials needed once a state of emergency has been declared by the Governor. Any consumers who suspect price-gouging can report it to the Attorney General’s Office by calling 1-866-966-7226.
Consumers can learn more about protecting themselves from various types of fraud by visiting http://myfloridalegal.com/pages.nsf/Main/81bf89afaf04dbeb85256cc6006ff6bf