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CFO Jimmy Patronis: Floridians Must Prepare Now for Severe Storms

3/30/2022

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March, 30, 2022
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis: Floridians Must Prepare Now for Severe Storms
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As strong storms are predicted to impact much of Florida with possible damaging winds, tornadoes, and hail, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is highlighting important storm recovery resources. The storm is projected to move through the Panhandle this evening, reaching the I-4 Corridor in Central Florida by Thursday night, and South Florida by this weekend. CFO Patronis’ PrepareFL.com website serves as a one-stop-shop for disaster information and resources to help Floridians recover quickly following a storm.

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “As much of the state will be impacted by severe weather this week, Floridians must be on guard for high winds, flooding, and the threat of tornadoes and hail. Floridians should heed all watches and warnings from state and local officials and keep a close eye on local weather reports. Following the storms, my office stands ready to assist homeowners who have storm damage and help them navigate the insurance claims process so they can recover quickly. Once the storm clears, consumers should also be on the lookout for fraudsters and know the warning signs of a scam before you fall victim. Visit PrepareFL.com for important storm resources and information.”

CFO Patronis’ Insurance Consumer Helpline is also available to assist Floridians with insurance issues and the claims process. Call the toll-free helpline at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236), to talk to a knowledgeable insurance specialist Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Prepare Florida website includes:

• A guide to navigating the flood insurance claims process.

• Information on the Assignment of Benefits (AOB) process and how it can impact a homeowner.

• Tips on what to expect after filing a homeowners insurance claim related to a storm.

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About CFO Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).