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Oficial Principal de Finanzas Jimmy Patronis: A Un Año del Huracán Irma: No Hay Que Bajar la Guardia

9/10/2018

For Immediate Release: Monday, September 10, 2018
Contact: Devin Galetta, 850.413.2870, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com 
  
Oficial Principal de Finanzas Jimmy Patronis: A Un Año del Huracán Irma: No Hay Que Bajar la Guardia

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Irma’s landfall in the state, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis warns residents not to let their guard down during the peak of hurricane season. Florida experienced two hurricanes during this time of year for the last two years including Hermine and Matthew in 2016 and Irma and Nate in 2017.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “One year ago, Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida causing more than $10 billion in insured losses, with more than 1,800 private flood insurance claims. Many residents are still recovering. Today is a reminder that we can’t let our guard down and we must act now to ensure our families and property are protected. With more storms brewing in the Atlantic, I encourage all Floridians to review their insurance policies and have a hurricane plan in place before the next storm takes aim at Florida.”
 
Hurricane Prep Tips for Florida Residents:
 
1. Review your Policy—Homeowners’, renters’ or property insurance policy should be examined to ensure you understand the coverage they provide. For additional assistance review our Homeowners’ y Renters’ Insurance Toolkits for more understanding of your coverage.
2. Purchase Flood Insurance— National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policies or even private policies can be purchased through your homeowners or renter’s insurance agent. Flood insurance policies take 30 days to go into effect.
3. Make Necessary Coverage Changes—When the National Weather Service issues a hurricane or tropical storm watch or warning for any part of Florida, many insurance companies cease issuing new policies. When this occurs, insurance coverage cannot be purchased until 72 hours after the last watch or warning has been lifted.
4. Be Aware of Scam Artists—Crooks offering to increase your insurance or sell you insurance coverage as a storm approaches or during a storm. CFO Patronis has activated his Disaster Fraud Action Strike Team for the 2018 Hurricane Season so that his office can curb any post-storm fraud.
5. Know your Deductible—Most policies have a hurricane deductible of 2 to 5 percent of a home's insured value. If your property is damaged, you will be responsible for a portion of the repair costs.
6. Take Inventory—Make a list of your household items, including receipts, purchase dates and serial numbers. Photograph or videotape your possessions and keep copies of this information along with your insurance policies in a safe place and keep the originals in a safe place.
7. Get Financially Prepared—Use CFO Patronis’ Kit de Preparación Financiera para Emergencias to record your financial institutions and accounts; home, auto and medical insurance. The toolkit is available in inglés y español. Write down the name, address and claims-reporting telephone number of your insurance company, which may differ from your agent's contact information.
8. Take Action—When a hurricane threatens, take action to protect your property. Compre los materiales que necesita para salvaguardar su propiedad y minimizar las pérdidas. Cubra sus ventanas con persianas, revestimiento exterior o contrachapado. Mueva los vehículos a su garaje o garaje techado cuando sea posible. Debe llevar adentro las parrillas y/o muebles del patio.

La temporada de huracanes continúa hasta el 30 de noviembre. For additional hurricane preparation tips, please visit CFO Patronis’ at MyFloridaCFO.com/Consumers/Storm or by calling the Insurance Consumer Helpline at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236).
 
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El Oficial Principal de Finanzas y Jefe de Bomberos del Estado Jimmy Patronis es oriundo de la Florida y miembro del Gabinete de la Florida, que supervisa el Departamento de Servicios Financieros. El Oficial Principal de Finanzas Patronis trabaja todos los días para luchar contra el fraude de seguros, apoyar a los bomberos de la Florida y garantizar que las finanzas del estado sean estables para respaldar el crecimiento financiero del estado. Siga las actividades del Departamento en Facebook (FLDFS) y Twitter (@FLDFS).