CFO Jimmy Patronis: Floridians Must Prepare Now as Tropical Cyclone One Takes Aim at South Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis urges Floridians to prepare now as the National Hurricane Center predicts that Tropical Cyclone One, which has the potential to soon become a Tropical Storm, will bring dangerous weather conditions to South Florida as soon as tonight. Experts predicted that heavy rain and winds will affect portions of Central Florida, South Florida, and the Florida Keys with considerable flash and urban flooding possible.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, "As we closely monitor Tropical Cyclone One, communities in Central and South Florida must take this storm seriously and heed all watches and warnings from state and local officials. This storm is expected to impact the area with heavy rain, which threatens to bring considerable flash and urban flooding across South Florida and the Keys. As we’ve seen in the past, storms can form and strengthen quickly, leaving little time to prepare. After the storm passes, beware of post-storm fraud from unscrupulous contractors. My PrepareFL.com website serves as a one-stop-shop for disaster preparedness information and tips to help Floridians ensure they are prepared to weather a storm and recover quickly afterwards. Stay safe and prepare now!”
The Prepare Florida website includes:
• An Emergency Preparedness Toolkit designed to help you prepare a home inventory and organize your financial information before and after a disaster.
• A “Natural Disasters – Are You Prepared” guide to inform consumers on insurance and financial preparation in the event of a natural disaster.
• A guide to navigating the flood insurance claims process.
• Tips on what to expect after filing a homeowners insurance claim related to a hurricane.
Visit PrepareFL.com for more information and to start your storm plan today. CFO Patronis’ Insurance Consumer Helpline is 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 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.