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Department of Business and Professional Regulation

August 23, 2013

Dear Friends,

This week, FEMA administrator, Craig Fugate, warned that Floridians are in denial about the devastating impact that hurricanes can have on their way of life. I also feel that it is important to remind you to be as prepared as you can be as we venture through this Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Although we haven’t experienced a serious storm so far this year, it is crucial to have a plan for both before and after a storm. For more information on developing a disaster plan for your business or home, please visit www.floridadisaster.org. Here, you can find helpful tips that will allow you to develop a well-thought-out plan not in the heat of an emergency.

Additionally, after a storm or natural disaster strikes, unlicensed construction activity may increase as clean-up begins. Consumers should always ask to see the State of Florida professional license, which can be verified online at www.myfloridalicense.com or by calling 850-487-1395. Consumers should also avoid paying cash or writing checks to an individual, especially when the work is being done through a company.

If unlicensed activity is suspected, consumers within Florida should call 1-866-532-1440 or email ULA@myfloridalicense.com to report it. Any person who acts as an unlicensed contractor during a state of emergency as declared by executive order of the Governor is committing a third-degree felony.

As Floridians, we are vulnerable to these serious storms and it is vital that we take them seriously and do all that we can to protect our homes and our businesses. Please take advantage of the many resources that are available to you and stay safe!


Ken Lawson’s Signature

Ken Lawson

Department of Business and
Professional Regulation
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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