DBPR Bottom Line: Fast Facts for Florida Business Leaders

May 27, 2011

Dear Friends,

It is that time of year again that all Floridians dread: the Atlantic Hurricane Season. This coming Wednesday, June 1st, marks the official start to the 2011 season and all of us at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation urge businesses, professionals, and consumers to create disaster preparedness plans.

Since hurricane damage is rarely predictable, DBPR encourages businesses to ensure that all records, including an inventory of assets, are stored in a watertight container somewhere safe. Also, keep in mind that cell or telephone communications are often not available immediately after a storm, so it is crucial that you have predetermined locations for employees to meet when conditions permit.

Consumers should be aware that hurricane season can bring increased unlicensed contracting. To reduce the chances of becoming a victim to unlicensed activity scams, we recommend that consumers always ask to see the contractor’s State of Florida license, verify the license with us, and never pay cash or write checks to an individual, especially when dealing with a company.

I encourage each of you to visit www.FloridaDisaster.org and go through the simple process to develop a disaster preparedness plan. There is no doubt that your preparation efforts will enable you to better protect your family, your home, and your livelihood!

Sincerely,

Ken Lawson

Ken Lawson
Secretary

Department of Business and
Professional Regulation
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Customer Contact Center:
850.487.1395

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