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CFO Jimmy Patronis Updates on Hurricane Dorian Response

9/1/2019

For Immediate Release: Saturday, August 31, 2019
Contact: Katie Strickland, 850.413.2842, katie.strickland@myfloridacfo.com
Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis Updates on Hurricane Dorian Response
Saturday, August 31, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is updating Floridians on Hurricane Dorian preparation and response efforts. Floridians are urged to call CFO Patronis' Insurance Helpline at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO for disaster preparedness insurance and financial assistance and to report post-storm fraud and scams.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Hurricane Dorian's path has continued to change but Floridians must still take the possibility of strong winds, storm surge, and widespread flooding seriously. My Disaster Fraud Action Strike Teams are on the ground across our state to help protect families from post-storm scams. I urge everyone to heed all watches and warnings from local officials and monitor weather reports for the latest information. Visit my website at PrepareFL.com for disaster resources and tips.”
 
HURRICANE DORIAN ADVISORIES & EXTENSIONS
 
• August 28, 2019, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-189, declaring a state of emergency in 26 counties.
• August 29, 2019, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-190, expanding the state of emergency to include all 67 counties in Florida. This provides state and local governments ample time, resources and flexibility to prepare as the exact landfall location of Hurricane Dorian continues to fluctuate.
 
URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS
 
• CFO Patronis’ Division of State Fire Marshal oversees activation of Florida’s Urban Search (USAR) and Rescue Teams.
• 14 USAR teams are on standby for deployment.
• CFO Patronis conducted an in-person briefing with USAR personnel to discuss possible deployment operations leading up to Hurricane Dorian’s potential landfall.
 
TELECOMMUNICATIONS
 
• CFO Patronis spoke with T-Mobile to discuss Hurricane Dorian response and recovery preparations.
• CFO Patronis spoke with Verizon to discuss Hurricane Dorian response and recovery preparations.
• CFO Patronis spoke with AT&T to discuss Hurricane Dorian response and recovery preparations.
 
OFFICIALS AND BUSINESSES
 
• CFO Patronis called Florida Power and Light (FPL) to discuss Hurricane Dorian response and recovery preparations.
• CFO Patronis spoke with Florida State Board of Administration Executive Director Ash Williams.
• CFO Patronis spoke with Citizens Property Insurance Corporation President, CEO and Executive Director Barry Gilway.
• CFO Patronis spoke with Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier.
 
INSURANCE VILLAGES & ANTI-FRAUD STRIKE TEAMS
 
• CFO Patronis activated his Disaster Fraud Action Strike Team (DFAST) to stand ready to deploy to affected counties following landfall to combat post-storm fraud and scams.
• CFO Patronis’ Division of Consumer Services is preparing to deploy and Insurance Consumer Assistance Village near storm impacted areas to assist consumers with filing post-storm insurance claims.
 
INSURANCE CONSUMER ASSISTANCE
 
• CFO Jimmy Patronis' Insurance Helpline 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236) stands ready to assist consumers with insurance questions Monday – Friday, 8 am - 5 pm (EDT).
 
EMERGENCY/LICENSED ADJUSTERS
 
• CFO Jimmy Patronis has activated the Emergency Adjuster Application to license additional insurance adjusters ahead of Hurricane Dorian.
• Florida currently has 135,824 licensed adjusters and 94,292 additional insurance licensees who can legally adjust claims in Florida.
• As of today, there are also 199 emergency adjusters available to respond to Hurricane Dorian claims (in addition to the 230,116 combined adjusters listed above.)

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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. 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).