SENATOR ATWATER DELIVERS $5,000 CHECK FROM
THE MY SAFE FLORIDA HOME PROGRAM TO BOCA RATON RESIDENT
On behalf of Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and the My Safe
Florida Home (MSFH) program, Senator Jeffrey Atwater (R-North Palm Beach)
personally delivered a matching grant reimbursement for $5,000 to a Boca
Raton homeowner who hardened her home through the state’s MSFH program. At
the event, Sen. Atwater discussed the financial and safety incentives
available through the MSFH program and encouraged more homeowners in South
Florida to sign up for the program’s free wind inspections.
“Mitigation is the best way to protect your home. It will reduce the state’s
exposure to hurricane damage and it can result in savings on your wind
insurance premium,” said CFO Sink, who oversees the Department of Financial
Services. “I encourage more Floridians to follow Susan Baumel’s lead and
sign up for free wind inspections through the My Safe Florida Home program.”
Susan Baumel, a 55-year-old resident of Boca Raton, received a grant
reimbursement Monday after hardening her home’s roof. After having her home
inspected by a MSFH inspector, Baumel received a report indicating that the
addition of an exterior roof-deck attachment and secondary water barrier
would help harden her home to hurricanes. Based on information from her
inspection report, Baumel made more than $30,000 worth of improvements to
her home. Baumel was encouraged to harden her home after Hurricane Wilma hit
her area in 2004.
“In the event of a storm, you must take comfort in the fact that you have
done everything you can to harden your home and protect your most prized
possession—your loved ones, from nature’s destruction,” said Senator
To date, the program has reimbursed 268 homeowners in Broward County for a
total of $896,312.86. In Palm Beach County, the program has reimbursed 218
homeowners for a total cost of $661,438.56. Currently there are 2,836
homeowners in Broward County hardening their homes through the MSFH program.
In Palm Beach County, 1,986 homeowners are hardening their homes through the
MSFH program. These homeowners are being reimbursed for half the cost up to
$5,000 on a variety of home improvements, including hurricane shutters,
reinforced garage doors and bracing gable ends.
MSFH also partners with the Volunteer Florida Foundation (VFF) to provide
mitigation, at no cost, to the homes of lower-income Floridians (those
earning 80 percent or less than the area median income.) To date, VFF has
completed work on 892 homes in Florida, 60 of those homes are located in
Broward County and 50 are located in Palm Beach County.
Any Floridian who lives in a single-family, site-built home is eligible for
a free wind inspection through the program. Floridians can apply on-line at
by calling the program toll-free at 1-866-513-6734. Homeowners who receive
free wind inspections through the MSFH program will get a detailed
inspection report, complete with additional eligibility information on
matching grants and estimated insurance premium discounts, if the homeowner
In order to be eligible for the program’s matching grant reimbursements of
up to $5,000, the 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 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.