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CFO Jimmy Patronis Updates on Hurricane Dorian Response

8/30/2019

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 30, 2019
Contact: Katie Strickland, 850.413.2842, katie.strickland@myfloridacfo.com
Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis Updates on Hurricane Dorian Response
Friday, August 30, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is updating Floridians on Hurricane Dorian preparation and response efforts. Floridians are urged to call CFO Patronis' Insurance Help Line at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO for disaster preparedness insurance and financial assistance and to report post-storm fraud and scams.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “As we continue to monitor the path of Hurricane Dorian, it's vital that Floridians take this storm seriously and prepare now. With the area of impact still unpredictable, the entire state must prepare for the possibility of strong winds, storm surge, and widespread flooding. DO NOT WAIT. Discuss your emergency plan with family and friends and make sure you have the necessary hurricane supplies on hand.
 
“Heed all watches and warnings from local officials and monitor weather reports for the latest storm information. Visit my website at PrepareFL.com for disaster resources and tips. Stay safe, Florida.”
 
HURRICANE DORIAN ADVISORIES & EXTENSIONS
 
• August 28, 2019, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-189, declaring a state of emergency in 26 counties.
• August 29, 2019, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-190, expanding the state of emergency to include all 67 counties in Florida. This provides state and local governments ample time, resources and flexibility to prepare as the exact landfall location of Hurricane Dorian continues to fluctuate.
 
URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS
 
• CFO Patronis’ Division of State Fire Marshal oversees activation of Florida’s Urban Search (USAR) and Rescue Teams.
• CFO Patronis conducted a conference call with USAR personnel to discuss possible deployment operations leading up to Hurricane Dorian’s potential landfall.
 
TELECOMMUNICATIONS
 
• CFO Patronis spoke with T-Mobile to discuss Hurricane Dorian response and recovery preparations.
• CFO Patronis spoke with Verizon to discuss Hurricane Dorian response and recovery preparations.
• CFO Patronis spoke with AT&T to discuss Hurricane Dorian response and recovery preparations.
 
OFFICIALS AND BUSINESSES
 
• CFO Patronis called Florida Power and Light (FPL) to discuss Hurricane Dorian response and recovery preparations.
 
INSURANCE VILLAGES & ANTI-FRAUD STRIKE TEAMS
 
• CFO Patronis activated his Disaster Fraud Action Strike Team (DFAST) to stand ready to deploy to affected counties following landfall to combat post-storm fraud and scams.
• CFO Patronis’ Division of Consumer Services is preparing to deploy and Insurance Consumer Assistance Village near storm impacted areas to assist consumers with filing post-storm insurance claims.
 
INSURANCE CONSUMER ASSISTANCE

• CFO Jimmy Patronis' Insurance Help Line 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236) stands ready to assist consumers with insurance questions Monday – Friday, 8 am - 5 pm (EDT).
 
EMERGENCY/LICENSED ADJUSTERS
 
• CFO Jimmy Patronis has activated the Emergency Adjuster Application to license additional insurance adjusters ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

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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).