Volume 4 Number 26
June 29, 2007

PREPARE FOR A HURRICANE EXPO

Why not attend a hurricane expo? It is worth the time to learn the necessary steps in preparation for possible windstorms in your area.

Many experts gather together in one location to present innovative and valuable information on the many facets of hurricane preparedness.

The Treasure Coast Square Mall planned its 2007 Hurricane Expo well in advance, never anticipating that the Treasure Coast would feel the effects of Tropical Storm Barry that weekend. Several inches of rain fell but many residents decided it was worth the effort to attend the exposition. Bags of information about hurricane preparation and samples from companies touting their storm products were available, along with demonstrations and door prizes. Attendees met and listened to local TV newscasters and meteorologists discuss storm forecasting.

A Florida Department of Financial Services specialist talked about participation in the “My Safe Florida Home” wind inspection and matching grant program. Residents noted that they have received their wind inspections and were anticipating the arrival of  their inspection reports. These reports will not only detail ways to further fortify their homes against windstorm damage but also outline potential hurricane insurance premium savings.

When hardening your home, a first line of defense would be storm shutters and fortified garage doors and the expo had plenty on display.

Government emergency management officials from state, county and local consumer service agencies were available to answer questions. The Red Cross was recruiting volunteers to provide aid in the event of a disaster.

Emphasis was given on the importance of making emergency plans for your pets' safety in case of evacuation - even if your pet is a horse!

Find a hurricane expo near you on the FLDFS Web site at
http://www.MyFloridaCFO.com/Consumers/ConsumerOutReach/eventsbycategory.asp.

The current list of upcoming hurricane preparedness events is posted below and additional events for 2007 are being planned.

Hope to see you there!

UPCOMING HURRICANE EXPO SCHEDULE

07/12/2007
  Habitat for Humanity/UNF Hurricane Preparedness - North East Florida
   6:00 PM
  University North Florida
 
Are you ready?  Focused on financial and insurance matters before and after a disaster strike.  DFS will also provide additional resources in the event of a natural disaster.  Call Kim Nole for more info at 904-626-9120.
Kim Nole
904-626-9120
 
07/14/2007
  Hardening your home against hurricanes - Miami-Dade
   8:00 AM
  North Miami Beach Home Depot #251
1245 NE 163 Street
Fair/Expo. event, Open to the public   
Javier Fernandez
305-940-6503
 
07/18/2007
  Hurricane Preparedness - North East Florida
   2:00 PM
  Cathedral Towers
601 N Newnan St.,  Jacksonville
Are you ready?  Focusing on financial and insurance matters before and after a disaster strike.  Also, providing additional resources in the event of a natural disaster.  July 18th, 2:00pm, at Cathedral Towers, 601 N Newnan St, Jacksonville.  Contact Linda White ,
(904) 798-5357
 
 
07/23/2007
  First Time Homeowner's Workshop - Hurricane Preparedness - North East Florida
   6:00 PM
  Habitat for Humanity
2404 Hubbard Street Jacksonville
Are you ready?  Focusing on financial and insurance matters before and after a disaster strike.  DFS will also provide additional resources in the event of a natural disaster.  July 23rd, 6:00pm, Habitat for Humanity, 2404 Hubbard St, Jax.  Contact Ana McDonald, 904-798-4529 x247.
 
08/08/2007
  First Time Homeowner's Workshop - Hurricane Preparedness - North East Florida
   9:00 AM
  Habitat for Humanity
2404 Hubbard Street Jacksonville
Are you ready?  Focusing on insurance and financial matters before and after a disaster strike.  DFS will also provide additional resources in the event of a natural disaster.  Aug 8th, 9:00am, 2404 Hubbard Street, Jacksonville.  Contact Ana McDonald  904-798-4529 x247
 
08/09/2007
  NW Citizens Planning Advisary Committee - North East Florida
   6:00 PM
  Moncrief Senior Center
5710 Castellano Ave Jacksonville
Are you ready?  Focusing on insurance and financial matters before and after a disaster strike.  DFS will also provide additional resources in the event of a natural disaster.  August 9th, 6:00pm, @ the Moncrief Senior Center, 5710 Castellano Ave, Jacksonville.  Contact Marilyn Harmer 904-630-7024.
 
08/11/2007
  SHADCO Safety Fair - North East Florida
   10:00 AM
  Avenues Mall
10300 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville
Are you ready?  DFS will have a booth set up at the SHADCO Safety Fair, Aug 11th, at the Avenues Mall from 10:00am - 2:00pm.  We are focusing on insurance and financial matters before and after a disaster strike.  Also, providing additional resources in the event of a natural disaster. Contact Betty Bates, 904-923-6987
 
08/24/2007
  Resources To Create, Maintain, and Grow Your Business - South West Florida
   8:30 AM
  Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club
851 Gulfshore Blvd. N., Naples
Small Business Seminar-
Economic Development Council of Collier Co.
Widespread Technologies,LLC
Dept. of Financial Services and Insurance
~OPEN TO THE PUBLIC~
Economic Development Council of Collier Co.
(239) 263-8989 Ext. 111
 
08/27/2007
  First Time Homeowner's Workshop - Hurricane Preparedness - North East Florida
   6:00 PM
  Habitat for Humanity
2404 Hubbard Street Jacksonville
Are you ready?  Focusing on insurance and financial matters before and after a disaster strike.  DFS will provide additional resources in the event of a natural disaster.  August 27th, 6:00pm, 2404 Hubbard St, Jacksonville.  Contact Ana McDonald 798-4529 x247

Ana McDonald
904-798-4529 x247
 
09/24/2007
  First Time Homeowner's Workshop - Hurricane Preparedness - North East Florida
  Habitat for Humanity
2404 Hubbard Street Jacksonville
Are you ready?  Focusing on insurance and financial matters before and after a disaster strike.  DFS will also provide additional resources in the event of a natural disaster.  Sept 24th, 6:00pm, 2404 Hubbard Street, Jacksonville.  Contact Ana McDonald 904-798-4529 x247