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Program aims to support Florida homeowners with hurricane damage

According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, some hurricane assistance is available to residents whose homes were damaged by 2017's Hurricane Irma. The $616 million program is making funds available to low-income residents in specified counties. The first counties eligible for the funds are Duval, Monroe, Broward, Collier, Lee, Miami-Dade, Brevard, Orange, Polk and Volusia. In addition, people in some parts of DeSoto, Bradford, Clay and Flagler counties are eligible for assistance from this state program.

Insurance delays plague Florida homeowners 1 year after Irma

An emergency declaration issued by Gov. Rick Scott after Hurricane Irma allowed insurance companies to lower their hiring standards for insurance adjusters. The loosened regulations were meant to speed up the evaluation of hurricane damage and claims processing. One year after the serious storm, thousands of policy holders continue to wait for money, and many people blame inexperienced adjusters for the widespread delays.

How to get ready to file insurance claims following a hurricane

When a hurricane strikes in Florida or any other state, it could cause major property damage. To be reimbursed for a portion or all of the cost of the damage, it may be necessary to file an insurance claim. Prior to a hurricane making landfall, residents in its path can take steps to be ready to show that the storm caused the damage in question. One step is taking pictures of the home and the contents within it.

What homeowners insurance will likely cover

Homeowners insurance can help those who have been impacted by a natural disaster make up for some financial losses. However, Florida residents may not necessarily be covered for all disasters, even if they have a homeowners insurance policy. A Consumer Reports survey found that 45 percent of those in the path of Hurricane Irma experienced property damage. If a home cannot be lived in after a storm, a homeowners policy will generally cover living expenses such as paying for a motel.

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