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CFO Sink Opens Storm Line for Severe Weather in North Florida

12/2/2009


CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Kevin Cate, 850-413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE — Florida CFO Alex Sink announced today that she is activating her Department of Financial Services’ Storm Line, 1-800-22-STORM, to assist Floridians if their homes, businesses or vehicles are damaged by the severe weather front passing through the Panhandle of Florida today.

“In the event that this weather system brings flooding and wind damage to property, our Consumer Helpline staff will be ready to help Floridians with any insurance questions or claims, so they can get back on their feet quickly,” said CFO Sink.

CFO Sink’s Storm Line experts are available from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST.  General insurance information is available online at www.MyFloridaCFO.com. CFO Sink offered 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, give your temporary forwarding address and phone number to your insurance agent or insurance company.
 
-- Beware of fly-by-night repair businesses and hire licensed and reputable service people.  If considering the assistance of a public insurance adjuster, verify that they are licensed by calling the Storm Line.
 
-- 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, should visit 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.