ANNOUNCES FREE COURSES SCHEDULED FOR CONTRACTORS INTERESTED IN MY SAFE
FLORIDA HOME PROGRAM
Alex Sink, Florida’s chief financial officer, announced that free courses will be offered to licensed contractors who
are interested in participating in the My Safe Florida Home program.
The four-hour course will teach contractors the techniques and standards
for effective wind-resistant retrofit improvements.
“Our mission is to
strengthen homes in Florida against the devastating effects of storm
damage,” said Sink, 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 losses.”
Prior to participating
in the program, 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, and upcoming contractor
trainings have been scheduled in the following areas:
• January 23 in
Tallahassee – Kelly Training Center, 2555 Shumard Oak Blvd.
• January 25 in Orlando
– Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd.
• February 5 in St.
Petersburg – All Children’s Hospital, 701 4th Street South.
• February 6 in Naples
– Comfort Inn and Suites, 3860 Tollgate Blvd.
• February 7 in
Hollywood – Hillcrest Golf and Country Club, 4600 Hillcrest Drive.
trainings will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 12 p.m. For additional
details, log on to www.flash.org.
Homeowners who have
undergone free home inspections through the My Safe Florida Home program
and live in high-risk areas will be able to apply for matching grants of
up to $5,000. The grant funds must be used to implement improvements
specified in the inspection reports, and homeowners will be required to
use a participating contractor. The list of participating contractors,
organized by county and type of work performed, will be available
Sink urges all
homeowners interested in making home-hardening improvements to verify
that the contractors they are doing business with are licensed. For more
tips on how to choose a contractor log on to
and click on “5 Tips for Choosing a Contractor.