AFTER REORGANIZATION, MY SAFE FLORIDA HOME
PROGRAM RESUMES FREE WIND INSPECTIONS STATEWIDE|
Program expands statewide and is reorganized to better serve Florida
Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink announced that the My Safe
Florida Home (MSFH) program has been streamlined to provide better service
and has been expanded to offer free wind inspections to eligible Floridians
statewide. The popular program aimed at hardening the homes of Floridians
has begun serving the more than 50,000 homeowners on the pilot
program’s waiting list for wind inspections and is now accepting new
“I am pleased to announce that we have retooled the My Safe Florida Home
program and expanded it statewide for Florida’s homeowners,” said CFO Sink.
“Through the newly-designed program, we will work to increase awareness
about the importance of mitigation and educate Floridians on how they can
better protect their families during a storm.”
The first priority of the MSFH program is to begin serving the more than
50,000 homeowners on a waiting list from the pilot phase of the program. To
provide efficient service, 11 certified wind inspection firms were chosen to
provide the free wind inspections, based upon scores, capacity to perform a
minimum number of quality inspections each week and in-house resources
available to manage the large number of applicants to the program.
The homeowners on the waiting list do not need to re-apply and will receive
an update from the program via email or letter before the end of April.
These homeowners will be served in the order their completed applications
were received and should expect to be served by the end of the summer. Any
Floridians on the waiting list who have not heard from a participating wind
inspection firm by June 30, 2007, should contact the MSFH program’s
toll-free helpline at 1-866-513-MSFH (6734).
New applicants can apply over the MSFH program’s Web site at
www.MySafeFloridaHome.com or over the program’s toll-free helpline at
1-866-513-MSFH (6734), but should not expect to receive a free wind
inspection before August 2007, as the more than 50,000 pilot phase
applicants have first priority. However, Floridians who are not interested
in participating in the MSFH program and are willing to pay the $150 fee for
a wind inspection, can visit the Web site to learn how they can contact one
of our 11 wind inspection firms directly.
To date, the MSFH program has awarded nearly $100,000 to 43 Florida
homeowners who hardened their homes against hurricanes through the MSFH
program. The homeowners, who received free wind inspections during the pilot
phase of the program, are being reimbursed for half the cost of a variety of
home improvements, including hurricane shutters, reinforced garage doors and
roof enhancements. More than 5,100 Floridians are currently working on
mitigation improvements through the MSFH program and will receive their
matching grants once the work has been completed.
The Florida Legislature is currently considering legislation that may modify
some components of the MSFH program, including grant criteria. The MSFH
program will keep homeowners informed through the Web site about any
potential changes once the legislative session ends May 4, 2007.
The MSFH program helps Floridians identify how they can strengthen their
homes and reduces the overall potential for hurricane damage in our state.
In addition to providing education about how to better mitigate Florida
homes, the program offers eligible homeowners a free wind inspections by
trained wind inspectors. Homeowners who have received these inspections also
have the opportunity to apply for a matching grant to make recommended