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Insurance Villages Recovered $7.5 Million for Southwest Florida Policyholders on Hurricane Ian Anniversary

10/2/2023

For Immediate Release: Monday, October 2, 2023

Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842

Insurance Villages Recovered $7.5 Million for Southwest Florida Policyholders on Hurricane Ian Anniversary

~ Since January, DFS has hosted 14 Insurance Villages with $24 million in Recoveries for Southwest Florida Consumers ~

SOUTHWEST, Fla. — Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced that recent Hurricane Ian insurance villages in Southwest Florida issued nearly $7.5 million for policyholders in insurance claims checks. Last week, approximately 15 insurance companies, including representatives from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the Florida Department of Business Regulation (DBPR), and the Florida Association of Public Adjusters, were on hand at three insurance villages in Punta Gorda and Ft. Myers to assist more than 400 southwest Florida consumers impacted by Hurricane Ian.

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “We were in Southwest Florida before, during, and after Hurricane Ian, and we will remain there as long as it takes to get Floridians back on their feet. Last week, as we recognized the one-year anniversary of this devastating storm, insurance consumers met face-to-face with their insurer and secured more than $7.5 million in outstanding Hurricane Ian claims checks. Since January, our insurance villages have helped thousands of residents secure more than $24 million in claims. That’s an amazing accomplishment, and I am so proud of all the work that has been done over the past year to help get these communities back on their feet. While we have made great strides in recovery, there is still much more to be done. My office remains committed to ensuring those impacted by Hurricane Ian are made whole as quickly as possible.”

Since January, the CFO has also deployed fourteen insurance villages in Southwest Florida, where more than $24 million in insurance claims checks were cut by participating insurance companies for nearly 3,500 residents impacted by Hurricane Ian. The Insurance Villages allow policyholders to meet with their property insurer in person and work together to solve any outstanding claims.

For more information on Hurricane Ian insurance assistance, please visit MyFloridaCFO.com or directly file an insurance request for assistance HERE.

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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).

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