GALLAGHER URGES CONTRACTORS TO SIGN UP TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MY SAFE
FLORIDA HOME PROGRAM
Tom Gallagher, Florida’s chief financial officer, has announced that
licensed contractors who do retrofit improvements can now apply on-line to
participate in the My Safe Florida Home program. The application to
participate is available under "For Contractors" at
“Our mission is to strengthen homes in Florida against the devastating
effects of storm damage,” said Gallagher, who oversees the Department of
Financial Services. “Contractors who participate in this program will play a
key role in better protecting families and properties from catastrophic
Prior to participating, a contractor must have a valid contractor’s license
and complete a four-hour course on techniques and standards for effective
wind-resistant retrofit improvements. The Department of Financial Services
has been working with the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) to offer
these courses around the state over the next few months. The first class,
which is approved by the Florida Department of Business and Professional
Regulation for four continuing education credits, was conducted on August
29th in St. Petersburg.
“The Blueprint for Safety Retrofit training courses will expand the team of
qualified, ready builders who can provide essential hurricane-hardening
services to Floridians through the My Safe Florida Home program,” said FLASH
President and CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson.
Upcoming trainings have been scheduled for interested contractors in the
• September 20 in Ft. Lauderdale -Fort Lauderdale Marriott North
• September 21 in Miami - Robert Morgan Educational Center
• September 22 in Lake Worth - Palm Beach Community College
• September 25 in Pensacola - Pensacola Junior College
• September 26 in Jacksonville - Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center
All contractor trainings will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m.
Although facilities have not yet been secured, additional trainings are
tentatively scheduled for Orlando on October 10, Tampa on October 17, Ft.
Myers on October 18, Naples on October 19, and Miami on October 20. For
additional details, log on to www.flash.org.
Homeowners who have undergone free home inspections through the My Safe
Florida Home program, and who live in high-risk areas, will be able to apply
for matching grant dollars up to $5,000 under the program. The grant funds
must be used to strengthen the areas of the homes specified in the
To do the recommended improvements, homeowners will be required to choose
from a list of participating contractors, organized by county and type of
work performed. The list of participating contractors will be available
on-line at www.mysafefloridahome.com by October 1. The list will also be
sent to eligible Floridians in the grant application packet.
Gallagher is urging all homeowners interested in making home-hardening
improvements to verify that the contractors they are doing business with are
licensed. For more tips to consider before hiring a contractor, log on to
www.mysafefloridahome.com and click on “5 Tips for Choosing a Contractor.”
Since August 15, more than 45,000 Floridians have submitted completed
applications to receive a free home inspection through the My Safe Florida
Home program. Gallagher’s goal is to do 12,000 inspections before this
hurricane season ends on November 30.