Gov. DeSantis declares State of Emergency as Hurricane Dorian strengthens

Price Gouging Hotline Activated

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties in Florida ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

“It’s important for Floridians on the East Coast to monitor this storm closely. Every Florida resident should have seven days of supplies, including food, water and medicine, and should have a plan in case of disaster," said DeSantis. "I will continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian closely with emergency management officials. The state stands ready to support all counties along the coast as they prepare.”

By declaring a state of emergency, DeSantis is ensuring that state and local governments have ample time, resources and flexibility to prepare. The State Emergency Operations Center will activate to a Level 2 on Thursday morning, enhancing the coordination between federal, state and local emergency management agencies.

“Because of the uncertainty in the track of this storm, every resident along the East Coast needs to be ready,” said Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz. “As updates come out, it’s important that Floridians continue to pay attention to media and local officials as the track of this storm has been changing and can continue to change rapidly."

Also on Wednesday, Attorney General Ashley Moody activated Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline, which will allow consumers to report any excessive increase in the price of essential commodities during emergencies, including food, water, hotel rooms, ice, gasoline, lumber and equipment.

It is against state law to gouge consumers. You can report instances by either downloading the NO SCAM app on your phone or calling 866-9NO-SCAM.

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