MY SAFE FLORIDA HOME PROGRAM TO SIGN UP HOMEOWNERS FOR FREE WIND
INSPECTIONS AT FAIA HURRICANE EXPOS
Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink announced that next weekend
the My Safe Florida Home (MSFH) program will be signing up eligible
homeowners for free wind inspections at the Florida Association of Insurance
Agents' (FAIA) Hardening Your Home Against Hurricanes: A Trusted Choice
Safe Living Expos. This past weekend expos were held in Tallahassee,
Pensacola, Miami, Daytona, and Winter Park.
Future Hardening Your
Home Against Hurricanes expos will be held in four Florida cities on
July 21 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. The MSFH program will be
joining representatives from FAIA, FLASH, the National Weather Service and
County Emergency Management at local Home Depot stores to promote the
importance of mitigation and hurricane safety.
On Saturday, July 21,
2007, homeowners can sign up for their free wind inspection at select Home
Depot stores in St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Boynton Beach, and Davie.
As CFO, Sink oversees the
stateís MSFH program, which helps Floridians identify how they can
strengthen their homes and reduces the overall potential for hurricane
damage in our state. The MSFH program offers eligible homeowners a free wind
inspection by trained and qualified hurricane mitigation inspectors.
Homeowners who have received these inspections and meet additional criteria
set by the Legislature may also have the opportunity to apply for a matching
grant of up to $5,000 to make recommended improvements.
In order to be eligible for the programís
matching grant reimbursements of up to $5,000, the 2007 Legislature
requires that homeowners meet the following requirements: have
received a completed wind inspection after May 1, 2007; live in a
single-family, site-built home with a building permit issued before
March 1, 2002; have a valid homestead exemption; have an insured
value of $300,000 or less; and be located in the wind-borne debris
region. Additionally, while the free wind inspections will
still cover seven potential wind-resistance improvements, matching
grants may only be used for opening protections, including windows,
exterior doors and garage doors, as well as the bracing of gable
The MSFH program expanded
statewide this spring after a pilot program the previous year and has
performed more than 55,000 free wind inspections since April 23, 2007.
More than 5,800 homeowners statewide are currently working with the MSFH
program to harden their homes and will receive their matching grants upon
the completion of their recommended improvements. Statewide, the
program has issued nearly $1.2 million in grants to 413 homeowners who have
completed the improvements recommended in their inspection reports.
MSFH will be signing up
homeowners for free wind inspections at select Home Depots for the following
DATE & TIME: Saturday, July 21, 2007, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Petersburg Home Depot #257
2300 22nd Ave North
E. Bradenton Home Depot #6319
5475 University Parkway
Boynton Beach Home Depot
1500 SW 8th Street
Davie Home Depot #222
2300 S University Drive