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My Safe Florida Home Program to Sign up Homeowners for Free Wind Inspections at Faia Hurricane Expos

7/13/2007

CONTACT:  Tara Klimek or Brannon Jordan
(850) 413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE – Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink announced that over the next two weekends the My Safe Florida Home (MSFH) program will be signing up eligible homeowners for free wind inspections at the Florida Association of Insurance Agents' (FAIA) Hardening Your Home Against Hurricanes: A Trusted Choice Safe Living Expos.
 
The Hardening Your Home Against Hurricanes Expos will be held in nine Florida cities over the next two weekends (July 14 and July 21) from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.  The MSFH program will be joining representatives from FAIA, FLASH, the National Weather Service and County Emergency Management at local Home Depot stores to promote the importance of mitigation and hurricane safety.
 
On Saturday, July 14, 2007, homeowners can sign up for their free wind inspection at select Home Depot stores in Tallahassee, Pensacola, Miami, Daytona, and Winter Park.  The following Saturday, July 21, 2007, select Home Depot stores in St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Boynton Beach, and Davie will be sponsoring the hurricane expos.
 
As CFO, Sink oversees the state’s MSFH program, which helps Floridians identify how they can strengthen their homes and reduces the overall potential for hurricane damage in our state. The MSFH program offers eligible homeowners a free wind inspection by trained and qualified hurricane mitigation inspectors. Homeowners who have received these inspections and meet additional criteria set by the Legislature may also have the opportunity to apply for a matching grant of up to $5,000 to make recommended improvements.
 
In order to be eligible for the program’s matching grant reimbursements of up to $5,000, the 2007 Legislature requires that homeowners meet the following requirements: have received a completed wind inspection after May 1, 2007; live in a single-family, site-built home with a building permit issued before March 1, 2002; have a valid homestead exemption; have an insured value of $300,000 or less; and be located in the wind-borne debris region. 
 
Additionally, while the free wind inspections will still cover seven potential wind-resistance improvements, matching grants may only be used for opening protections, including windows, exterior doors and garage doors, as well as the bracing of gable ends.
 
The MSFH program expanded statewide this spring after a pilot program the previous year and has performed more than 55,000 free wind inspections since April 23, 2007.  More than 5,800 homeowners statewide are currently working with the MSFH program to harden their homes and will receive their matching grants upon the completion of their recommended improvements. 
Statewide, the program has issued nearly $1.2 million in grants to 413 homeowners who have completed the improvements recommended in their inspection reports.
 
MSFH will be signing up homeowners for free wind inspections at select Home Depots for the following FAIA Expos:
 
DATE & TIME: Saturday, July 14, 2007, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
 
LOCATIONS: 
 
Tallahassee Home Depot #254
3200 Capitol Circle
 
Pensacola Home Depot #6852
309 N. Davis Highway
 
N Miami Beach Home Depot #251
1245 NE 163 Street
 
Daytona Beach Home Depot #233
2455 Int’L Speedway Boulevard
 
Winter Park Home Depot #6349
5351 Diplomat Circle
 
DATE & TIME: Saturday, July 21, 2007, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
 
LOCATIONS: 
St. Petersburg Home Depot #257
2300 22nd Ave North
 
E. Bradenton Home Depot #6319
5475 University Parkway
 
Boynton Beach Home Depot #224
1500 SW 8th Street
  
Davie Home Depot #222
2300 S University Drive
 
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink  oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.