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This Hurricane Season, Don’t Forget to Prep your Finances, Too

7/14/2015


















Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413 – 2842

Click HERE to view the toolkit online
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 2015 hurricane season is now underway, and while Floridians have so far remained free from a severe storm, natural disasters can strike at anytime – some without warning. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater encourages Floridians to remember an often forgotten part of disaster preparedness:  financial planning. To help Floridians plan successfully, the Department of Financial Services has prepared an Emergency Financial Preparedness Toolkit to help Floridians keep their personal financial information organized for easy access during or after an emergency.
 
“We’re already into hurricane season but this being Disaster Education and Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to take a few minutes to download our toolkit, fill it out, and store it in a safe place,” said CFO Atwater. “As Benjamin Franklin famously said, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’.”
 
This easy-to-use toolkit contains simple tips – like keeping a photo or video log of your possessions on a thumb drive – but, more importantly, it provides a space to keep track of account information, important phone numbers, and post-emergency repairs and claims. Having all of this information in one compact place is imperative in an emergency, and this toolkit makes it easy to do just that.
 
Remember: just a few minutes spent with this simple toolkit can save Floridians time and energy when they are most needed!
A PDF version of the Emergency Financial Preparedness Toolkit is attached and a free, online version is available at www.myfloridacfo.com/Division/Consumers/Storm. This website also contains a wealth of consumer-friendly disaster preparedness information.
 
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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).