Thousands of calls a day are pouring in to a state hotline with people wanting to know more about a new program to find out how hurricane-proof your house is.
The My Safe Florida Home inspection program won’t be up and running until next week, but already more than 28,000 calls have come in over a 72-hour span.
The state Department of Financial Services had to hire an additional 10 temp workers just to handle the volume of calls. Operators are taking people’s contact information so they can let them know when the application period opens.
Tami Torresis, a spokesman for the Department of Financial Services, said, “One of the most important things Floridians can do in order to ease insurance rates is strengthen their homes against hurricanes. This program is going to help them do that. It’s going to offer a free home inspection to them that will outline specifically what they can do to strengthen their home."
It will also tell them what insurance discounts will be available to them and how strong their house would be able to withstand a hurricane after they make the improvements.
There will also be a matching grant program to help some homeowners pay for the home repairs. The free inspections will be available in 22 coastal communities throughout the state, information to be unveiled next week, that are at high risk for hurricane strikes.
But you can also check out the My Safe Florida Home website for a list of steps you can take right now to help hurricane-proof your home.
Log onto www.mysafefloridahome.com for information about the program, and click on “Step three” at the top of the page to take action to protect your home.
You can also call the consumer help line toll-free at 1-800-342-2762 to ask questions and have information mailed to you.