Volume 4 Number 43
October 26, 2007

MSFH Representatives to be on hand Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

On behalf of Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, representatives from the My Safe Florida Home (MSFH) program will be on hand at the Daytona Beach Home Show, October 25 – 28, 2007, signing up homeowners and discussing the financial and safety incentives of hardening their homes against hurricane damage. Homeowners are encouraged to bring their insurance policies to get the maximum benefit from their inspection report.

CFO Sink oversees the state’s MSFH program, which helps Floridians identify how they can strengthen their homes and reduce 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 matching grants of up to $5000 to make recommended improvements.

Representatives from the MSFH program will be at the Daytona Beach Home Show as follows:

Thursday – Sunday, Oct 25 – 28

LOCATION: Ocean Center - Booth WL2
101 N. Atlantic Ave.
Daytona Beach, FL 32118

TIME: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The MSFH program resumed offering wind inspections and expanded statewide this year after conducting a pilot program during the previous year. Since April 2007 the MSFH program has performed over 100,000 free wind inspections. More than 12,900 homeowners have been approved for matching grants and are working with the MSFH program to harden their homes. Statewide, the program has issued a grand total of more than 1,600 grants to homeowners for more than $5.2 million.

Recently, CFO Sink reported that many homeowners who have received a free wind inspection from the MSFH program are eligible for discounts on their wind insurance premiums without making a single improvement to their home. To date, 70 percent of participating homeowners are eligible for an average discount of $235 on their wind insurance premiums, based on the current structure of the home during the free MSFH wind inspection.