Businesses And Consumers Should Prepare For Hurricane Season

By: Department of Business and Professional Regulation Email
By: Department of Business and Professional Regulation Email

Press Release: Department of Business and Professional Regulation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) today encouraged businesses, professionals and consumers across Florida to develop disaster preparedness plans as the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially starts. Additionally, the Department stressed the importance of hiring only licensed professionals for any post-storm clean-up and reminded Floridians to avoid unlicensed scam artists who may target consumers after a storm.

“Planning in advance is key to Floridians being able to protect their home, family and business after a storm strikes,” said DBPR Secretary Ken Lawson. “By having a preparedness plan and avoiding unlicensed activity, Floridians may be better equipped to protect themselves this hurricane season.”

For more information on developing a disaster plan for businesses please visit and specifically take the following actions to prepare for this hurricane season:

  • Retrieve all important business records and store them in a watertight container in a safe place.

  • Establish essential staff for post-storm recovery and have predetermined locations for employees to meet when conditions permit.

  • Prepare a photo or video inventory of assets and store it in a safe location.

After a storm or natural disaster strikes, unlicensed activity may increase as clean-up begins. Consumers should always ask to see the State of Florida professional license, which can be verified online at or by calling 850-487-1395. Consumers should also avoid paying cash or writing checks to an individual, especially when the work is being done through a company.

If unlicensed activity is suspected, consumers within Florida should call 1-866-532-1440 or email to report it. Any person who acts as an unlicensed contractor during a state of emergency as declared by executive order of the Governor is committing a third-degree felony.

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses and regulates more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from hotels and restaurants, real estate agents and certified public accountants to veterinarians, contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit

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More information about DBPR is available online at Also, follow @FloridaDBPR on Twitter or Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation on Facebook for updates about license cycles, events and other important news.

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