Here’s a valuable connection for preparation for the hurricane season you might like to review:
Disaster Preparedness Week begins this Sunday, May 27, with the official start of hurricane season on June 1. With hurricane season right around the corner, it is important to protect your home and business both structurally and financially.
With so much concentration placed on protecting your home, it’s easy to forget about your business. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, 40 percent of all businesses that experience a disaster never reopen and more than 25 percent of the remaining businesses close within two years following the event. Being prepared can change those statistics.
Following a storm, common mistakes include: insufficient documentation for an insurance claim, inadequate insurance coverage and failure to retain proof of damage. Preparing financially could help you avoid paying thousands of dollars in repairs.
I encourage you to visit my Department of Financial Services Division of Consumer Services’ website, www.myfloridacfo.com/division/consumers, which offers videos, brochures, resources and tips, along with a Disaster Preparedness section that includes an inventory checklist. Should a tropical storm or hurricane take aim at our state, we will activate a special consumer helpline, 1-800-22-STORM, to assist victims with insurance matters.
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Florida Department of Financial Services