Volume 2, No. 6 - August 2011

Welcome to The Pulse!

Dear Friends,

We're now in the peak of hurricane season and it's been predicted to be an above-normal season this year, with 12 to 18 named storms and six to 10 hurricanes. We saw Hurricane Irene make a close sweep along Florida's shores, which is a vivid reminder to make sure Floridians have a financial plan in place to protect their family, home and business. The Department of Financial Services is a valuable resource for you and your customers. You can go to our Disaster Preparedness website to download various tools and learn more.

Below are some good tips that can help you, your business and your customers prepare for an approaching storm:

  • Withdraw enough money for three to five days, as power outages and closures can limit your access.
  • Make sure prescriptions for all family members are filled.
  • Take important financial papers with you in a waterproof container if you must evacuate, including insurance papers for home, auto, business, passports, birth certificates, mortgage and other important documents.
  • Gather copies of your household and business inventory and other documentation, including photos. This will assist the adjuster in assessing the value of any destroyed property.
  • Write down the names, addresses and claims-reporting telephone numbers of your home, business, and auto insurance companies. Make sure you have access to it if you are forced to evacuate your home or business.

Please be sure to share your thoughts via our online survey or by emailing me.

Thank you,
Jeff Atwater

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