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**Video Release** CFO Jimmy Patronis Recognizes September as National Preparedness Month


For Immediate Release: Friday, September 4, 2020
Contact: Office of Communications,, 850.413.2842
**Video Release**
CFO Jimmy Patronis Recognizes September as National Preparedness Month
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is recognizing September as National Preparedness Month (NPM). NPM is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. Yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis also proclaimed September as Florida Preparedness Month.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “It is critical for Floridians to be prepared for the next disaster and that is why I am recognizing September as National Preparedness Month. This year is especially important for Floridians to prepare and have a plan in place as we are still dealing with the effects of COVID-19. We are currently in the peak of hurricane season and experts have predicted a historically active season, so now is the time to prepare if you have not done so already. As we have seen in the past, storms can develop extremely fast leaving little to no time to prepare. Visit for important storm tips and resources.”

CFO Patronis’ Insurance Consumer Helpline is available to assist Floridians with insurance-related questions, help you review your policy, understand your coverage, file a claim for damage and offer assistance in the event that you are having trouble communicating with your insurance company. Call the toll-free helpline at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236), to talk to a knowledgeable insurance specialist Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit

For additional hurricane financial preparedness tips or resources, visit

About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official 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).