This Saturday is the official beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Since hurricane damage is often unpredictable, I want to encourage all consumers to develop a disaster preparedness plan so they may better protect their home, family and business.
As businesses get prepared, it is important to store all records, including an inventory of assets, in a watertight container somewhere safe. Additionally, cell or telephone communications may not be readily available following a storm, so it is crucial that you have predetermined locations for employees to meet when conditions permit. Please prepare for the unexpected.
Also, Floridians should be aware that following a storm, unlicensed activity may increase as clean-up begins. To reduce the chances of becoming a victim to an unlicensed scam artist, we encourage our citizens to always ask to see the contractor’s State of Florida professional license, verify that license with the Department and be cautious when writing a check made payable to an individual, especially when the work is being done through a company. Anyone may verify licenses on our website at www.myfloridalicense.com or by calling 1-850-487-1395. If you suspect that someone is performing unlicensed activity, please call 1-866-532-1440 or email ULA@dbpr.state.fl.us to report it.
As you prepare your family and your business, I encourage you to visit www.FloridaDisaster.org for help developing a disaster preparedness plan. By having a preparedness plan and avoiding unlicensed activity, you may be better equipped to protect yourself this hurricane season!
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