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CFO Jimmy Patronis: As Tropical Storm Zeta Threatens the Panhandle, Make Last Minute Preparations


For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Contact: Office of Communications,, 850.413.2842
CFO Jimmy Patronis: As Tropical Storm Zeta Threatens the Panhandle, Make Last Minute Preparations
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis urges residents in Florida’s Panhandle to make final preparations to homes and property ahead of the impacts of Tropical Storm Zeta. Tropical Storm Zeta is set to impact the Panhandle with heavy rains, possible storm surge and flooding as early as Wednesday and forecasters are predicting that Zeta is expected to strengthen back into a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico before reaching the Panhandle.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “As we’ve seen with recent devastating storms, hurricanes can intensify and change direction quickly. Now is the time to finish final storm preparations ahead of Tropical Storm Zeta and residents must heed all warnings from state and local officials. DO NOT take this storm lightly. Taking steps today, like gathering important insurance and financial documents and snapping photos of valuables for your home inventory, can make a major difference during recovery. After the storm passes, beware of the signs of post-storm fraud and call my Insurance Consumer Helpline immediately at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236) for insurance claims assistance.”
Final Storm Preparation Tips and Reminders for Floridians:
1. Never run a generator inside or too close to your home or garage.
2. Use sandbags and plastic sheeting to ward off rising water.
3. Take photos of items in your home to help make the recovery process easier.
4. Gather all insurance, financial and other important documents and secure them in plastic bags.
5. Secure outdoor objects, such as grills and lawn furniture, so that it cannot get displaced by high winds.
As tropical storm and hurricane warnings are issued throughout Florida, no new insurance policies will be written. Specific coverage amounts, total coverage limits, and deductible amounts are also locked in, per Florida law. Consumers are encouraged to review their current coverage to better understand their potential losses. If you have any questions leading up to and after the storm, please call CFO Patronis’ Insurance Consumer Helpline at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236) or 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).