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CFO Sink Opens up Her 1-800 Storm Line in Advance of Tropical Storm Ida Landfall

11/9/2009

CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Kevin Cate, 850-413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE—Florida CFO Alex Sink announced today that her Department of Financial Services’ Storm Line, 1-800-22-STORM, has been activated to assist Floridians if homes, businesses or vehicles receive damage from Tropical Storm Ida.

“By this time, Floridians should have their disaster response plans in place,” said CFO Sink.  “Our insurance specialists stand ready to help storm victims contact their insurance companies and file claims if they have any storm damage so that our residents can get back on their feet quickly.”

CFO Sink’s Storm Line experts are available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.  General insurance information is also available at www.MyFloridaCFO.com. CFO Sink also offers the following advice to Floridians who may suffer property or vehicle damage:
 
Make emergency repairs to protect from further damage, and document the damage and repairs in writing, with receipts and photos.
Immediately report property damage to your insurance agent and company.
Gather copies of your household inventory and other documentation, including photos.  This will assist the adjuster in assessing the value of the destroyed property.
If you must leave your home because of the damage, let your agent or insurance company know your temporary forwarding address and phone number.
Beware of fly-by-night repair businesses. Hire licensed and reputable service people.
If considering the assistance of a public insurance adjuster, verify that they are licensed by calling the department's storm hotline.
Be sure you understand how much a public insurance adjuster is charging and what services are included before signing any contract.
 
More information regarding disaster-related insurance topics is available on the Department’s Disaster Response page at www.MyFloridaCFO.com/Consumers/Storm/.  Consumers looking for tips on the rebuilding process, including storm-resistant construction and materials, can view CFO Sink’s My Safe Florida Home web site at www.MySafeFloridaHome.com.
 
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As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services.  A successful businesswoman with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO.  As CFO, Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful government spending, cracking down on financial and insurance fraud and reforming the state government's contracting practices.