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**PHOTO RELEASE** CFO Jimmy Patronis, Gov. Rick Scott at Bay County Emergency Operations Center


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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Contact: Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842,  
CFO Jimmy Patronis, Gov. Rick Scott at Bay County Emergency Operations Center
Panama City, Fla. - Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis met with Governor Rick Scott today at the Bay County Emergency Operations Center for updates on Hurricane Michael recovery efforts.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, "Our communities in the Panhandle are hurting. I’ve already heard stories of scam artist trying to take advantage of our neighbors during one of the most vulnerable times in their life. Don’t sign anything until you call my office, including assignment of benefits, and don’t deal with cash only transactions. We can’t let our communities get hit a second time after the storm has passed.”

For assistance when filing post-storm claims, please call CFO Patronis' Insurance Consumer Helpline at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236). For more information on Hurricane Michael insurance assistance please visit

About CFO Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a native Floridian and a member of Florida’s Cabinet, who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).