Florida offers a new hurricane home evaluation service – My Florida Safe Home. See http://www.mysafefloridahome.com/. It provides some good tips on protecting your home from hurricane damage and perhaps being able to reduce your insurance premiums.
While it is a good idea and we urge people to use the service, unfortunately as so much provided by the government there are significant problems:
1. The 800 number 800-342-2762 is no accessible from many areas of Florida, including the Jacksonville area – “You have dialed a number that is not available from your calling area 126 D” (126 T? 126 P?). If you are setting up a service to evaluated a home’s resistance to hurricanes and offering it to Florida residents, at least make it accessible to all of Florida. Particularly coastal counties on the east coast of Florida, not just 22 selected counties – which counties are not listed anywhere that we could find. Tom Gallagher needs to get his act together on improving the My Safe Florida Home Hurricane evaluation. (Verfied over the course of several days, last: August 17, 2006).
2. There is no list of people who are doing the inspections and recommendations. Since the options are only available to residences that are primary residences and with an insured value of under $500,000 people that do not fit those categories are out of luck. At minimum provide a list of appropriate people so that others can pay for the hurricane home inspection service.
While the program is nice in principle, Florida’s implementation still leaves much to be desired.