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CFO Jimmy Patronis: Prepare for Flooding from Tropical Storm Gordon

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With Tropical Storm Gordon having formed in the Florida Keys and headed toward the Gulf of Mexico, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis warns Floridians of potential flooding, flash flooding, and gusty winds, and offers flood tips for residents.
CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said, “Floridians in today’s impacted areas should stay vigilant and keep off the roads. Gulf Coast residents should heed warnings over the next few days and take the steps needed to protect themselves and their property. Hurricane Irma last year resulted in more than 1,800 private flood insurance claims and floods in Florida have cost more than $5.1 billion since 1978. Preparing can help prevent major loss.”
Flood Prep Tips for Floridians
1. Snap a Photo: Take photos or video of belongings, gather receipts and write down purchase dates (if known) and serial numbers.
2. Prepare Your Home: If it is safe to do so, take simple steps to secure your home or property. Prepare sandbags and secure any leaks or areas of your home where tropical rains or sitting water could be problematic. Some communities may offer free sandbags so check with local government officials for more information.
3. Keep Info Handy: Save your insurance company’s or agent’s phone number along with your financial institution and mortgage company’s contact information for ease of filing future claims. Keep copies of policies in a plastic bag for safe keeping, and be sure to follow your insurance company on social media for important storm-related information.
Floridians with any insurance-related questions or concerns are encouraged to contact CFO Patronis' Consumer Helpline by calling 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236).
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