• BBB and DBPR Team Up to Prepare Floridians for 2020 Hurricane Season

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    June 02, 2020

     
    BBB and DBPR Team up to Prepare Floridians for 2020 Hurricane Season

    Pensacola, Fla. (June 2, 2020)Hurricane season started on June 1st and runs until November 30th.
     
    Better Business Bureau and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation are encouraging Floridians to prepare their homes and businesses for the 2020 hurricane season. 

    BBB and DBPR joined forces to provide a one-stop resource page to help Floridians prepare for hurricane season.
    The Florida Hurricane Guide has tips on disaster preparedness, recovery and repair, as well as information about government resources, storm chaser/home improvement scams, and charity relief efforts.

    We are encouraging Floridians to create a plan that outlines what to do before, during and after a hurricane.  Remember to upgrade your hurricane kit to include hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and a few face masks per person. 

    With shortages of products since the COVID-19 virus first surfaced, BBB warns that fake websites claiming to sell these and other related products are also continuing to surface.  To learn more about how to avoid COVID-19 scams visit:
    BBB.org/Coronavirus 

    In the event of a natural disaster, we would like to remind Floridians that any repair work performed on a home or business should be completed by a licensed professional. Unlicensed contractors often will travel from out of state to a disaster area attempting to take advantage of uninformed consumers. The best way to prepare is to be proactive in selecting a properly licensed contractor and to use good judgment with sales calls, door-to-door pitches or low prices that appear too good to be true.

    Access the Florida Hurricane Guide at
    bbb.org/floridahurricane


    Access DBPR’s Hurricane Guide Here. 

    Disaster victims should never feel pressured to make a decision by an unknown contractor. Start with trust and look for the BBB Accredited Business Seal. For reliable information, lists of BBB Accredited Businesses by industry and BBB Business Profiles you can trust on Florida businesses, visit www.bbb.org.  Always verify a contractor’s license by visiting www.myfloridalicense.com, calling (850) 487-1395 or by downloading the free DBPR Mobile app.
    About BBB
    BBB is an unbiased non-profit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB provides objective advice, free BBB Business Profiles and BBB Wise Giving Reports®, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To further promote trust, BBB also offers complaint and dispute resolution support for consumers and businesses when there is a difference in viewpoints. For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses, brands, and charities they can trust.  Five BBB offices service the State of Florida, with primary locations in Clearwater, Jacksonville, Longwood, Pensacola, and West Palm Beach/Miami.
     
    About DBPR
    The Department of Business and Professional Regulation's mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly.  DBPR licenses and regulates more than one million businesses and professionals across the state of Florida.  More Information about DBPR is available online at www.myfloridalicense.com.  Also, follow @FloridaDBPR on Twitter or Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation on Facebook for important information and updates on matters relating to Florida’s business and professional licensing.
     
     
     
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    Tammy Ward, Communications Director
    Better Business Bureau Serving Northwest Florida
    912 E. Gadsden St.
    Pensacola, FL 32501
    p: 850.429.0026
    c: 850.612.2808
    f: 850.429.0006

    bbb.org Start With Trust®
     
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    Contact:
    Tammy Ward, Communications Director
    tammy@nwfl.bbb.org, (850) 429-0002