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CFO & State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: As Hurricane Michael Threatens, Make Last Minute Preparations

10/9/2018

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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Contact: Anna Alexopoulos Farrar, 954.647.7059, anna.farrar@myfloridacfo.com  
 
CFO & State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: As Hurricane Michael Threatens, Make Last Minute Preparations 
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis urged Florida residents in the potential impacted areas to make final preparations to homes and property ahead of Hurricane Michael today.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Many Floridians have worked their whole lives to own a home or a car, and the thought of a complete loss can be devastating but no property is more valuable than a life. Taking simple steps before the hurricane will help secure your home to prevent major losses and give you peace of mind. Remember to obey any local evacuation orders and keep connected with the news.”
 
Final Prep Tips and Reminders for Floridians
 
1. Never run a generator inside or too close to your home or garage
2. Use sandbags and plastic sheeting to ward off rising water
3. Take photos of items in your home to help make the recovery process easier
4. Gather all insurance, financial and other important documents and secure them in plastic bags
5. Secure outdoor objects, such as grills and lawn furniture, so that it cannot get displaced by high winds
 
When tropical storm and hurricane warnings are issued throughout Florida, no new insurance policies will be written. Specific coverage amounts, total coverage limits, and deductible amounts are also locked in, per Florida law. Consumers are encouraged to review their current coverage to better understand their potential losses. If you have any questions leading up to and after the storm, please call CFO Patronis’ Insurance Consumer Helpline at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236).
 
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About CFO Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a native Floridian 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).