TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis provided important information and resources for those who have coverage through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and who might be affected by flood damage from Hurricane Idalia. Managed by FEMA, NFIP offers flood insurance to help mitigate the impact of flooding on businesses, property owners, and renters. For individuals who have flood insurance policies through FEMA and its federal flood insurance program, the CFO encourages consumers to reach out to their insurance agents for more information about filing a claim. Consumers may also reach FEMA directly at 1-800-621-3362.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “As communities impacted by Hurricane Idalia continue to assess damage to their home or business, my PrepareFL.com website serves as a one-stop-shop for recovery resources and insurance assistance. For those residents with coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program, please document your damage and begin making your claim today. Floridians must also beware of post-storm fraud and bad actors looking to make a quick buck from this storm. Always ensure you work with a reputable, licensed contractor or restoration professional, and never feel forced to sign away your insurance rights or pay by cash only. These are signs of fraud, and you should report it immediately by calling my Insurance Fraud Hotline at 1-800-378-0445 or visit FraudFreeFlorida.com.”
Important Storm Recovery Tips and Resources from FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program:
General information on the NFIP
Filing Your Claim:
- How To Start Filing Your Claim
- How To File Your Flood Insurance Claim
- Starting Your Recovery: FEMA’s Flood Insurance Claims Process
- How To Document Damage
Recovering from a flood:
- How To Document Damage And Begin Clean-Up
- NFIP Claims Handbook
- Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Heirlooms
- Reducing Future Flood Damage
For additional storm-related information, visit PrepareFL.com.
For insurance questions, Floridians can reach out to the Department of Financial Services at Consumer.Services@myfloridacfo.com.
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).