Florida’s top officials went on local television during the dinner hour to press Floridians and visitors to be ready for Tropical Storm Erika and report price gouging on essential goods and services. They met with local officials at the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center in Tampa to talk about Erika’s possible visit to Florida.
“We have a lot of visitors here all the time. So the most important thing is to stop and think about your family. Think about your parents, your siblings, your kids, your grandkids and say how do I get them ready? Do I have enough water? Do I have enough food? Is there medicines I might need? …Do I need shelter? Do I know where the shelter is? Follow the news this weekend. This storm is going to come into our state sometime probably late Sunday. So watch the news. Follow your local elected officials about evacuations,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott during the live broadcast news conference in Tampa tonight.
“We’re going to do everything we can. We have a great state for emergency preparedness. We got a great National Guard in our state, but all our citizens have to be active. You got to take care of yourself before we can help you. We continue to pray for the best, but prepare for the worst,” said Governor Scott.
Florida State Attorney General Pam Bondi also said it was important for the governor to declare a State of Emergency. Bondi thanked the governor for working around the clock to prepare Floridians in case Tropical Storm Erika comes this way.
“We have activated our price gouging hotline. So therefore, if someone tries to raise the price of water, fuel, canned goods, propane, charcoal, radios, lumber, you need to contact our hotline. Also, even if tomorrow morning the sun is shining in your part of the state and someone comes to you to trim your trees or to put up a hurricane shutter, call the Better Business Bureau. Call my office. Go to myfloridalegal.com or call 1-866-9NOSCAM because we want you to be safe. You will not be taken advantage of,” said Bondi.