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**CONSUMER ALERT VIDEO PSA** CFO Patronis Provides Recovery Resources, Warns of Fraud Following Tallahassee Tornados

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 5, 2024
Contact: Office of Communications,, 850.413.2842

CFO Patronis Provides Recovery Resources, Warns of Fraud Following Tallahassee Tornados
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is providing additional recovery resources and warning residents to be on the lookout for fraud as they work to recover from severe weather and tornados that devastated parts of North Florida on May 10th, 2024.

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Just a few weeks ago, tornados touched down in Tallahassee and severe weather caused tremendous damage through much of North Florida. Now that the storms have passed and recovery continues, residents should be on the lookout for fraudsters trying to take advantage of this storm. Don’t give cash to anyone coming to your doorstep offering repair services and don’t sign anything before calling your insurance company or my Insurance Consumer Helpline at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236). Visit for more storm recovery tips and resources and if you see any signs of fraud, report it immediately to our Insurance Fraud Hotline at 1-800-378-0445.”

The Prepare Florida website includes:

  • A guide to navigating the insurance claims process.
  • Tips on what to expect after filing a homeowners insurance claim related to a storm.
  • Tips on how to avoid unlicensed contractors and repair scams.

For recovery assistance, Floridians can call the Department of Financial Services’ toll-free helpline at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236) to talk to a knowledgeable insurance specialist Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern. Visit our disaster resources and information website, or contact us via email at


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 X (@FLDFS).

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