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CFO Sink Urges Floridians to Participate in ‘national Preparedness Month’


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1,2009                               
CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Kevin Cate, (850) 413-2842
TALLAHASSEE- Florida CFO Alex Sink today urged Floridians to recognize ‘National Preparedness Month’ by making sure families, households, and businesses have a plan in place in the event of an emergency or disaster, utilizing the consumer guides, planning materials, and resources at, available in both English and Spanish.
“With the 2009 Hurricane Season in full swing, it’s imperative that Floridians have a safety plan in place to protect our homes and families from devastation, as well as a plan to protect important financial documents and expedite recovery after any type of emergency,” said CFO Sink.
CFO Sink’s recent preparedness outreach includes launching her online Insurance Library to help Floridians get ready for the 2009 hurricane season and joining AARP to announce the Create The Good/Operation Hurricane Prepare to encourage Floridians to help their neighbors and communities prepare for storms. CFO Sink’s Division of Consumer Outreach arranges disaster preparedness presentations throughout the state.
This year National Preparedness Month is focused on changing perceptions about emergency preparedness and helping Americans understand what it truly means to be ready for a disaster, natural or man-made, or potential terrorist threat.  Preparation and planning for the H1N1 virus and flu season is taking place nationwide and citizens are being encouraged to be informed about emergency plans at places where their family spends time: work, daycare and school. If no plan exists, consider volunteering to help create one. 

For the business community, business continuity planning must account for all hazards (both natural and man-made disasters). Businesses should be planning in advance to manage any emergency situation. Owners should have steps in place to safeguard their assets and property, and be aware of available resources to care for co-workers and employees and the recovery of the business.  This means knowing what resources are available in your local community ahead of time.

The Florida Department of Financial Services offers consumer guides, planning materials, and resources at  Groups and organizations can arrange for a disaster preparedness presentation by contacting the Division of Consumer Outreach at (850) 413-3089.   Information on National Preparedness Month can be found at  Floridians may also reach the department at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO which provides service in Spanish as well as English.