Volume 4 Number 38
September 21, 2007

MY SAFE FLORIDA HOME PROGRAM TO BE ON HAND AT DEERFIELD BEACH HURRICANE EXPO

Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink announced members of the My Safe Florida Home (MSFH) program will be on hand at a hurricane expo in Deerfield Beach Saturday, to sign up homeowners for free wind inspections and to raise awareness about the safety and financial incentives available through the MSFH program.

The Virtual Hurricane expo, hosted by the Disaster Survival House, is a week-long event featuring free information and resources for consumers about hurricane preparedness. In addition to registering homeowners for free wind inspections, representatives from the MSFH program will conduct a presentation about the program at the expo on September 22. Broadcasts of hurricane preparedness presentations will be streaming live online at www.GetTalkingNOW.com from September 20- September 25 and will remain available online after the expo is completed, to serve as a resource for consumers.

Recently, CFO Sink reported that nearly 75 percent of homeowners who have received inspections from the MSFH program have learned they are eligible for a discount of 16.3 percent on their wind insurance premiums. Savings vary widely by region, as homeowners with higher wind insurance premiums can realize greater savings. A county-by-county breakdown of eligible homeowners is available at http://www.mysafefloridahome.com/images/InspectionDiscount.pdf along with average potential savings on annual wind insurance premiums.

The MSFH program will be signing up homeowners at the Virtual Hurricane Expo as follows:

DATE: Saturday, September 22, 2007
TIME: 11:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: 1345 FAU Research Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

***MSFH presentation to take place at 11:30 a.m. ***

Any Floridian who lives in a single-family, site-built home is eligible for a free wind inspection through the MSFH program, which helps Floridians identify how they can strengthen their homes and reduces the overall potential for hurricane damage in our state.

Floridians can apply on-line at anytime, free of charge at www.MySafeFloridaHome.com or by calling the program toll-free Monday through Friday at 1-866-513-6734. Homeowners who receive free wind inspections through the MSFH program will receive a detailed inspection report, complete with additional information on estimated insurance premium discounts, if insurance information is provided at the time they applied.

Additionally, some Florida homeowners receiving free wind inspections may be eligible for matching grant reimbursements of up to $5,000 to make recommended improvements. To be eligible, the Legislature requires that homeowners: have received a completed wind inspection after May 1, 2007; live in a single-family, site-built home built 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 applied to opening protections, including windows, exterior doors and garage doors, as well as the bracing of gable ends.