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**Photo Release** CFO Jimmy Patronis Highlights Urban Search & Rescue, Importance of Hurricane Prep in Orlando

7/10/2019

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Contact: Katie Strickland, 850.413.2842, katie.strickland@myfloridacfo.com
Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com
 
**Photo Release**
CFO Jimmy Patronis Highlights Urban Search & Rescue, Importance of Hurricane Prep in Orlando
 
ORLANDO, Fla.– As a part of his Prepare Florida initiative, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis was joined by Mayor Buddy Dyer and members of Urban Search & Rescue Florida Task Force 4 (FL-TF4) in Orlando today to urge Floridians to prepare for disasters now before the next hurricane takes aim at Florida. Experts have predicted an active 2019 Hurricane Season with the possibility of up to four major hurricanes.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Nine months ago today, Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Panhandle, showing Floridians first-hand the devastation these storms can bring to our communities. When disaster strikes, I am grateful to have our dedicated Urban Search & Rescue Teams ready to respond immediately to keep us safe in the aftermath of devastation.
 
“I was proud to stand today with the brave men and women of Task Force 4 who train year-round so they can serve us when disaster strikes. We are just weeks away from the peak of Hurricane season in August and experts are predicting possible tropical activity in the Gulf of Mexico this week. I’m encouraging all Floridians to act now and be prepared if a major storm hits the Sunshine State. It is important to ensure you are covered now before a storm hits. We must not wait until a storm takes aim at the state, prepare now, Florida!”
 
Visit PrepareFL.com for information and resources to protect yourself before a disaster strikes. The website includes helpful tips to help you prepare and recover after a storm. For insurance or financial questions, call CFO Jimmy Patronis’ Insurance Consumer Helpline toll-free at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236).

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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).