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Emergency preparedness steps to take as Hurricane Florence gains strength

Monday, September 10, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Katie Montgomery
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As we continue to prepare for Hurricane Florence's impact, it’s important to remember critical emergency tips and laws during times like this.


Price Gouging

Now that Governor McMaster has issued a State of Emergency in SC, price gouging laws are in effect. It is important to note for hotels and restaurants that during a state of emergency, state law prohibits "unconscionable prices" on the sale of commodities or dwelling units during the declared period.  An "unconscionable price" is a price that (i) represents a gross disparity between the price charged and the price of the same or similar goods during the 30 days prior to the declared emergency; or (ii) grossly exceeds the average price at which the same or similar commodity was readily obtainable in the same area during the 30 days prior to the declared emergency unless the increase is attributable to additional costs. 


Pets in Hotels

Should any evacuations be ordered, the SCRLA encourages hotels to be as accommodating as possible when it comes to accepting pets. While it is obviously up to each individual hotelier to have his or her own rules with respect to permitting the access of pets to their respective properties, the SCRLA encourages hoteliers, as appropriate, to consider being more pet friendly during the State of Emergency.


There are rumors circulating on social media that the 2006 PETS Act requires hotels to accept animals during evacuations. These claims are false, however, the SCRLA encourages hotels to be as welcoming to pets as possible, should any evacuations take place.

*Reminder: ADA law requires all hotels to accept service animals.


In 2006, the federal Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act (42 U.S.C.A. § 5196a-d (2006)) was passed. PETS directs the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop emergency preparedness plans and ensure that state and local emergency plans take into account the needs of individuals with pets and service animals during a major disaster or emergency.


The SCRLA will continue to update you on the storm and send out emergency information. Be sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter pages as well for the latest information.

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