My Florida C F O

Dear Fellow Floridians:

Hurricane Irma was a storm unlike anything we’ve seen before, and it impacted much of our great state. Recovery efforts are already under way, and every available local, state and federal resource is working collaboratively to help Floridians get back on their feet quickly.
CFO tours Hillsborough post-Irma
This week, I’ve traveled the state in tandem with Florida’s fire service personnel, and I could not be prouder of the lifesaving work I’ve seen firsthand. These men and women are working around the clock to bring families to safety, far after the storm has passed.

Our State Fire Marshal unit serves as the lead agency for Florida’s firefighting and urban search and rescue emergency support functions, and they have done a phenomenal job of coordinating assets from across Florida and the entire United States. From New York to California, Louisiana and Tennessee, law enforcement teams have sent their search and rescue teams to join Florida’s efforts, and we appreciate their robust support.

Here’s a short video from my time with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. Fire Chief Dennis Jones and Captain Ken Forward are two of Florida's finest, and I’m appreciative of the time I spent taking calls with Station 16. Take a look:


With two category 4 hurricanes hitting the American mainland in such quick succession, we are in an unprecedented recovery situation. It will take time, but Inspecting Manatee County post-IrmaFlorida will recover and be stronger than ever.

If your home or business was damaged by the hurricane, you may have questions about your insurance coverage or how to file a claim. My office runs Florida’s Insurance Consumer Helpline, and we are standing by to take your calls. Call us at CFO inspects Fort Myers Post-Irma1-877-MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236) to talk one-on-one with an insurance expert who can help explain your policy or even get you the contact information for your insurance company. We also have a Hurricane Irma insurance resources website that you can access at www.myfloridacfo.com.

I’m doing everything I can to ensure that Floridians get swift handling of their post-storm claims. If you run into an issue, let us help.

Sincerely,

Jimmy Patronis
Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida


CFO Patronis Partners with Senator Marco Rubio to Open Insurance Villages and Disaster Recovery Centers Across Florida

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis today announced that, in partnership with Senator Marco Rubio, insurance villages and disaster recovery centers will be opening next week in areas heavily impacted by Hurricane Irma. Local, state and federal partners will be in attendance to offer Floridians a wide array of relief assistance in one centralized location.

CFO Patronis said, "Getting Floridians back on their feet and back to normalcy is our top priority, and these recovery centers will provide access to the tools and resources needed to help our residents navigate the post-storm recovery and claims-filing process. I am amazed by the strength and sense of community that our state has exhibited in the wake of Irma’s destruction. To my fellow Floridians recovering from Irma’s wrath, help is on the way."

Insurance experts from CFO Patronis’ Department of Financial Services will be on hand to answer Floridians’ insurance-related questions and concerns. CFO Patronis has also arranged for several insurance companies with policies in the impacted areas to be on-site to help Floridians file post-storm claims. Consumers are encouraged to bring copies of all insurance policies with them to these events. A list of participating insurance companies is available here.

The confirmed schedule of days and locations is as follows:

  • St. Augustine - Monday, September 18
    8:00am to 6:00pm ET
    St. Johns County Administration Building
    500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32804

    Jacksonville - Tuesday, September 19
    8:00am to 6:00pm ET
    Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center
    1000 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204

    Naples – Wednesday, September 20
    8:00am to 6:00pm ET
    New Hope Ministries
    7675 Davis Blvd, Naples, FL 34104

    Ft. Myers – Thursday, September 21
    8:00am to 6:00pm ET
    Lee County Veterans Park Recreation Center
    55 Homestead Road South, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936

In addition to Senator Marco Rubio’s staff and those participating from the Department of Financial Services, the following companies, non-profit organizations, and federal and state agencies have confirmed:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • American Red Cross
  • Florida SBDC Network
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Florida Departments of Children and Families and Economic Opportunity
  • First Data Corporation
  • Anheuser-Busch Companies
  • CareerSource Florida
  • ElderSource
  • United Way of Florida
  • The Salvation Army

News of Interest

Orlando Business Journal: 7 things to know today and post-Irma support info
As Hurricane Irma continues her trek across Central Florida today, there's a very good likelihood that many of us may lose power for at least some period of time. Once things get back to normal, and depending on how your property(ies) fared, the Florida Department of Financial Services already is making a variety of support services available to Floridians.

WFLA: Better Call Behnken: Start insurance process ASAP
As you access damage from Hurricane Irma, please keep these tips in mind to help you get your property repaired and to avoid becoming a victim of fraud. Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis recommends you start the insurance process as soon as possible.

Miami Herald: How to get help if Hurricane Irma messed up your home, car or boat
Your home or car was damaged by Hurricane Irma. Now what? Because people must soon begin surveying damage to their property and filing insurance claims, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier provided these tips.

SaintPetersBlog.com: Jimmy Patronis warns of post-hurricane fraud
lorida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is warning residents of potential fraudsters looking to make a buck off others’ misfortune. Here’s a release he sent Tuesday: Following the landfall of Hurricane Irma, many Floridians are now assessing their homes and property for damage and taking steps to make temporary repairs to prevent additional damage before filing insurance claims. CFO Patronis and Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier encourage Floridians to be prompt in notifying their insurance companies and cautious of repair deals that sound too good to be true. "If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is and could be fraud," said CFO Patronis. "Opportunistic scammers may attempt to defraud Floridians following Hurricane Irma, and I encourage all Floridians to be vigilant in guarding against fraud."

Fort Myers News Press: Hurricane Irma: Review roofers if you have damage
If you have roof damage after Hurricane Irma, there are many things you should do. You are likely spending thousands of dollars and want to be sure the job is done right. Avoid the many unqualified workers who typically swoop into a region after a hurricane wreaks havoc.

Tampa Bay Times: Editorial: Vigilance is key in recovering from Irma
Sunday's overnight fears turned into anxiety Monday as millions of Floridians began the tough slog of recovering from Irma, the first hurricane to strike Tampa Bay since 1921. Though we were spared a direct hit when the eye itself veered east, the upending of lives and damage to property are still serious. Federal, state and local authorities performed well in preparing the state before Irma, and they need to show the same vigilance and forward thinking in the time ahead to help Florida recover from this natural disaster.



After Irma's Impact

If your home or business was damaged, call Florida’s toll-free Insurance Consumer Helpline (1-877-MY-FL-Hurricane Irma Insurance ResourcesCFO) to speak one-on-one with an insurance expert. Helpline experts can answer your insurance questions and concern, and help put you in contact with your insurance company.

Additional insurance information is available on our Hurricane Irma Resources website. Click above to access the site.
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Florida Economic Briefs

Gas prices holding steady
After quickly escalating in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, gas prices are holding steady. The average price across Florida for regular gasoline rose from $2.30 per gallon to $2.70 per gallon on September 4, and remained at $2.68 per gallon on September 11.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy

Florida’s economic development rating drops
Area Development Magazine, which discussed issues of economic development, ranked Florida as the 12th best state in the country based on its economic development policies and practices in 2017. The state ranked 7th last year.
Source: Area Development Magazine