The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season is underway, and Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking Floridians to be prepared.
As a peninsula state with warm waters, Florida is especially vulnerable to tropical storms and hurricanes, and Attorney General Bondi is encouraging citizens to review her 2018 Hurricane Preparedness Guide to prepare for a storm or common scams that could arise in the aftermath.
“During the past two hurricane seasons, multiple storms struck Florida leaving debris and flooding throughout our state. I am calling on all Floridians to start preparing for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season now, to protect family and property,” Bondi said.
The Florida Attorney General's Office noted that the guide provides a detailed checklist of items you will need in the event a hurricane strikes near you.
The guide includes information about how to avoid scams before and after a storm, a full supply list and other important preparation tips.
Some of the most common storm-related scams to watch out for include tree-removal scams, building repair scams, debris-removal scams, disaster relief scams and water testing and treatment scams.
Bondi's office says Floridians who suspect a scam or would like to report an incident of price gouging should call (866) 9-NO-SCAM or file a complaint online at MyFloridaLegal.com.