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CFO Jeff Atwater Urges Floridians to Monitor Tropical Storm Andrea, Use Caution Post-Storm

6/6/2013

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater is urging Floridians to monitor storm alerts and prepare to take steps to “Protect Your Home Base” in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Andrea, including calling the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Consumer Services for assistance with insurance claims if needed.  CFO Atwater also urges consumers to be on the alert for possible scam artists, including unlicensed contractors and adjusters, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Andrea.
 
“Regrettably, there are individuals who will try to take advantage of consumers in a disaster situation,” CFO Atwater said.  “Consumers should verify licensure, refuse to pay cash up front and thoroughly read any contracts prior to signing.”

CFO Atwater urges Floridians to immediately report property damage to their insurance agent and company.  If making temporary repairs, keep receipts and document with photos or videos.  Additionally, he reminds consumers to never use a generator indoors or in any enclosed area.  Avoid using candles, and do not use a candle or lantern near a generator or stored fuel.

Consumers can receive assistance with claims, insurance questions and storm tips by calling 877-My-FL-CFO (877-693-5236) or visiting www.MyFloridaCFO.com.  The Division of Consumer Services website, http://www.myfloridacfo.com/Division/Consumers/, offers videos, brochures, resources and tips, along with a Disaster Preparedness section that includes a home inventory checklist. 
 
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services.  CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government; reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses; and providing transparency and accountability in spending.