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Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources offers tips for possible inclement weather

MIAMI (October 04, 2016)

In anticipation of possible severe weather conditions associated with Hurricane Matthew, the Miami-Dade Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER) offers the following tips:

• All property and businesses owners should secure chemicals, solvents, paints, and cleaners. 
• It is important to secure boats tightly and remove all cleaners, liquids and material if they must remain in the water.
• Leaves and debris should be removed from stormdrains as these items can cause an area to flood unnecessarily, putting people and property at risk.

Property owners should secure or store all furniture, display racks, and loose objects in exposed outdoor locations, including loose material of projects under construction.

Consumer Protection
If someone believes that they may have witnessed or been a victim of price gouging, it is important for them to report any vendor(s) whose prices unreasonably exceed those ordinarily charged for comparable goods and services in the same market area at the time of a declared emergency before or after a storm. Consumers can call the Florida Attorney General’s fraud hotline to report price gouging at 1-866-966-7226 or file a complaint online.  

The Office of Consumer Protection in RER publishes an annual price commodity survey. Merchants are not permitted to charge excessive prices unless the increases in prices are attributable to cost increases incurred by merchants.  Residents may file a consumer complaint or call the Consumer Protection Mediation Center at 786-469-2333.