FLORIDA — State Attorney General Ashley Moody is activating a Price Gouging Hotline as Idalia approaches.
The order follows Governor Ron DeSantis’s state of emergency declaration covering Alachua, Bay, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, and Wakulla counties.
As the storm approaches, many are out preparing for the rain and buying essential items for the potential heavy rain.
To report extreme price increases on essential commodities needed to prepare for the storm, call 1-866-966-7226.
During a storm-related declared state of emergency, state law prohibits excessive increases in the price of essential commodities, such as equipment, food, gasoline, hotel rooms, ice, lumber, and water needed as a direct result of the event.
Violators of the price gouging statute are subject to civil penalties of $1,000 per violation and up to $25,000 for violations committed in a 24-hour period.
Check the NBC2 First Alert Hurricane Guide + to track down the storm and help you prepare.
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