In fact, in
From the effects of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, to more recent Hurricanes Maria and Irma, we’ve been here before—and, sadly, know all too well the aftermath that comes with them.
Floridians typically expect the storms to hit somewhere along the
In a survey commissioned by the National Hurricane Survival Initiative, more than half of Floridians said they were caught unprepared in at least one way—ranging from lack of window protection to absence of an evacuation plan—leading up to Hurricane Irma’s detrimental landfall last year.
Busy hurricane seasons—such as that of 2017, which left
In response, nearly a dozen organizations, including the FAIR Foundation, International Hurricane Research Center, National Emergency Management Association, and Salvation Army, have recently come together to launch “Get Ready, Florida!”—an awareness campaign to educate and encourage Floridians to take the necessary steps to protect their most valuable assets—their homes and families—in advance of the upcoming hurricane season.
The data tell us this proactive approach makes economic sense. Research by the FAIR Foundation shows that for every $1 invested in mitigation, the state avoids $4 or more in post-hurricane spending.
One way “Get Ready,
PACE financing provides a long-term, low-rate financing option for
consumers who otherwise would be forced to turn to short-term, high-rate
financing. It enables
As the survey findings from the National Hurricane Survival Initiative have shown, however, there are still thousands of Floridians who need help preparing for future hurricane seasons. In fact, according to the survey, while fewer than 8 percent of Floridians said they were aware of the PACE program, the majority—53 percent—said they would be interested in such a program.
In the wake of Hurricane Irma,
for tips on hurricane preparedness and for more information on the “Get
• Chip LaMarca is the
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Floridians can protect their homes and families from
severe storms, says
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