American Red Cross
TALLAHASSEE, FL – On the opening day of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season, Attorney General Bill McCollum joined the American Red Cross to encourage Florida residents and guests to prepare early for hurricanes, thereby avoiding scams like price gouging when storms develop. The Attorney General noted that aside from the physical devastation storms can cause, hurricane season is also a time when con artists try to capitalize on the vulnerabilities of storm victims by price gouging on essential supplies such as food, water, ice, gasoline or a place to stay during an evacuation.
“Hurricane season breeds not only bad weather, but also potential bad actors in our state,” said Attorney General McCollum. “The best way to avoid becoming a victim of price gouging or any other storm-related scam is to be prepared well ahead of the storm.”
Floridians – as well as those who may plan to visit or stay in Florida during hurricane season – should have a plan ready.
“The American Red Cross is proud to partner with the Attorney General’s Office to help Florida residents. We see the devastation caused by disasters and we look forward to working with the Attorney General to help disaster victims be aware of potential scams and other threats,” said David Chayer, Chief Executive Officer for the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.