CFO Alex Sink's Consumer eViews Newsletter

Volume 5  Number 33  August 15, 2008

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Program Director Tami Torres and Deputy Chief Financial Officer Tammy Teston listen as Cabinet resolution is presented at Tuesday's meeting.
CFO SINK HONORS MY SAFE FLORIDA HOME WITH A CABINET RESOLUTION

The My Safe Florida Home (MSFH) program was created in 2006 by the Florida Legislature to assist Floridians in strengthening their homes against hurricane damage through free wind inspections and grants up to $5,000. Last year, the Legislature set a goal for the MSFH program to perform 400,000 free wind inspections for eligible homeowners.

As of August 1, 2008, more than 400,000 homeowners have applied for a free wind inspection in order to learn what they can do to harden their homes against storm damage and how to save money on their wind insurance premiums.

To date, the MSFH program, including local government and non-profits, has approved grants for approximately 38,889 homeowners and has paid 18,465 grants to homeowners totaling more than $62.9 million. Sixty percent of homeowners statewide who received a free wind inspection are eligible for an average savings of $220 on their wind insurance premiums.
 

Program Director Tami Torres presents CFO Sink with a plaque of appreciation from My Safe Florida Home.

R E S O L U T I O N

             WHEREAS, during the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, Florida was ravaged by eight named storms causing more than $38 billion of insured damage to homes and property; and 

            WHEREAS, in response to these catastrophic losses, the My Safe Florida Home (MSFH) program was created in 2006 by the Florida Legislature to assist Floridians in strengthening their homes against hurricane damage through free wind inspections and grants up to $5,000; and  

            WHEREAS, in 2007, the Legislature set a goal for the MSFH program to perform 400,000 free wind inspections for eligible homeowners; and  

            WHEREAS, as of August 1, 2008, more than 400,000 homeowners have applied for a free wind inspection in order to learn what they can do to harden their homes against storm damage and how to save money on their wind insurance premiums; and  

WHEREAS, sixty percent of homeowners statewide who received a free wind inspection are eligible for an average savings of $220 on their wind insurance; and  

            WHEREAS, today, the MSFH program, including local government and non-profits, has performed 360,337 inspections totaling $54 million, approved $152 million in grants for approximately 37,592 homeowners and paid 19,364 grants to homeowners totaling more than $67 million.  

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida do hereby recognize the 

MY  SAFE  FLORIDA  HOME   

program in the State of Florida and commend the program for their dedication and perseverance on behalf of the citizens of Florida.

             BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida do hereby encourage her citizens to be proactive in the protection of their homes, lives and property during hurricane season. 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida have hereunto subscribed their names and have caused the Official Seal of the State of Florida to be hereunto affixed in the City of Tallahassee on this 12th day of August, 2008.