Volume 2 Number 36
September 5, 2005

Consumer Services HelpLine Number 800-342-2762




Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher announced four locations where consumer service professionals are assisting victims of Hurricane Katrina.  In his capacity as State Fire Marshal, Gallagher also directed the Department of Financial Service’s efforts to cooperate in state efforts to aid the devastated areas in neighboring Gulf Coast states.

“We certainly send our thoughts and prayers to our neighbors in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana who have seen incalculable devastation from Hurricane Katrina, and we will be looking to assist them in every way we can,” said Gallagher. “The death, damage and destruction in Mississippi and Louisiana are beyond comprehension.  My director of the Division of the State Fire Marshal has been deployed to Mississippi to help oversee search and rescue efforts.”  

Gallagher detailed law enforcement detectives to join six teams from Florida to aid in law enforcement and search and rescue efforts – these efforts presently are concentrated in six lower Mississippi counties and along the Gulf Coast.  He also is assisting in providing ambulances and fire engines to the impacted areas.

Gallagher said, “Here in Florida we saw thousands of Floridians also experience major flood and wind damage, and we want to help get their lives back to normal as soon as possible."

The Department of Financial Service’s specialists are located at:

Publix Shopping Center
12850 Biscayne Blvd.
N. Miami 

Home Depot
13501 S. Dixie Hwy

Caleb Center
5400 NW 22nd Ave, Miami

South Dade Government Center
10710 SW 211 St, Miami

The insurance specialists will be available to help Floridians from 8 AM to 6 PM. 

Hurricane insurance assistance in Broward County is available from the Department of Financial Services at 499 NW 70th Ave., Room 301B, Plantation or by calling 954-797-8325.

In Pensacola, the DFS Consumer Services office is located on 610 E. Burgess Road and can be reached at 850-453-7800.

Gallagher said consumers can also obtain assistance by calling the DFS Hurricane Hotline at 1-800-22-STORM.

The new courthouse in Indian River County, is named for the scenic body of water running between the barrier islands and the mainland along Florida's Treasure Coast. America's first National Wildlife Refuge was established on Pelican Island in the Indian River by Theodore Roosevelt in 1903.