Florida hurricane preparedness News

Florida Gets Ready for Peak Hurricane Season After 3 Years of Major Storms

Floridians are on alert as the state heads into peak hurricane season after three straight years of being impacted by major storms. Meanwhile, the Florida Panhandle continues its recovery from Hurricane Michael that devastated the region as a Category 5 …

Florida Regulator Urges Insurers to Respond Quickly After Michael, Says 500K Insureds At Risk

Fast-moving Hurricane Michael is expected to be a significant storm for the Florida Gulf Coast, and the state’s top insurance regulator says the insurance industry is ready to respond to whatever destruction it may bring. “Through Hermine, Matthew and Irma …

Survey: Floridians Still Not Adequately Prepared for Hurricane Season

Just six months after the punishing 2017 season battered the Sunshine State, most Floridians are still not prepared for the potential assault of another hurricane season, according to a survey by the FAIR Foundation. The survey, released last week and …

Commentary: It is a Catastrophe that No One Listens to the Experts on Florida

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.” Although the author is unknown, this comment is often attributed to Mark Twain or Thomas Jefferson. Having spent more than 27 years …

How Florida Insurers Can Prepare for Claims from a Major Hurricane

After eight hurricanes in two years between 2004 and 2005, we haven’t seen a hurricane in Florida for over 10 years. Has the state learned from those storms? Are the insurance companies ready? What about the independent adjusting companies, do …

National Hurricane Center, Florida University to Launch Hurricane Site in Spanish

The National Hurricane Center and Florida International University are launching a new Spanish-language website for hurricane preparation. The website will include information on hurricane science, residential mitigation strategies, preparedness, and announcements, including tropical cyclone advisories. The six-month Atlantic hurricane season …

$1B Bond Sale to Bolster Florida’s Citizens ‘Just In Case’

Florida hasn’t been hit by a hurricane since 2005, the longest stretch in more than a century. Its state-run property insurer isn’t taking any chances. Even though forecasters predict this year will produce the fewest named Atlantic storms since 1997, …

Floridians ‘in Denial’ About Storm Dangers: FEMA Chief Fugate

The emergency management chief for the United States is warning that Floridians are in “denial” about the threat posed by hurricanes. Craig Fugate is the administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He said many Floridians wrongly believe they have …