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CFO Sink Opens Helpline After Storms Strike Oakland Park

3/29/2010

CONTACT: Kevin Cate, 850-413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE- Florida CFO Alex Sink today activated her Department of Financial Services’ Storm Line, 1-800-22-STORM, to assist homeowners and business owners whose property may have suffered damage as a result of strong winds and possible tornadoes that struck Broward County's Oakland Park area. Insurance specialists are available from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and property owners can also find general insurance information online at www.MyFloridaCFO.com.
 
CFO Sink offered the following advice to Floridians who may have suffered 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 the adjustor is 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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