FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 21, 2005
CONTACT: Meg Shannon (850)922-8981
DBPR Urges Business Owners to Prepare for Hurricane Wilma
Tallahassee – In preparation for Hurricane Wilma, the
Department of Business and Professional Regulation urges Florida
business owners to take appropriate measures to protect their
businesses and business records. The loss of such records can make
the recovery process more difficult.
“Placing business records in a safe place is critical in
preparing for a hurricane,” said Secretary Simone Marstiller. “In
the aftermath of the storm, business owners may have many issues to
face, both at home and at work. Safeguarding important documents
beforehand will ensure they have one less obstacle to overcome in
getting back on their feet quickly.”
DBPR recommends taking the following actions when preparing for
- Retrieve all important business records from your place of
business and store them in a water tight container in a safe
place. If you are required to display your license in order to
do business, take it with you. In the event your business
property sustains damage, you will be sure to have proof of
- Have list of locations of where your employees are
sheltering from the storm and document out of town contacts.
- Expect no cell or telephone communications at first.
Establish essential staff for post storm recovery and have
pre-determined locations for employees to meet when conditions
- Prepare a photo/video inventory of assets and store it in a
safe location. In addition, if you have the capability, you may
consider emailing the inventory footage to a web-based email
account, such as Yahoo, for easy retrieval.
- Ensure that your insurance policy payment is up-to-date
prior to insurer cut off.
- Maintain detailed expenses for disaster recovery for
possible reimbursement from FEMA.
- Have cash on hand, as banking may be off-line for several
In the event your license is lost, you should contact the agency
immediately to request a duplicate license. Requests must be made in
writing and should contain your license number and address. Address
requests to: DBPR, License Maintenance Unit, 1940 N Monroe Street,
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0750.
DBPR’s mission is to ensure that professions and businesses
provide quality services for the health, safety and welfare of
citizens and visitors in the state of Florida. The agency licenses
nearly 1 million businesses and professionals ranging from real
estate agents, veterinarians, and accountants to contractors and
cosmetologists. For more information, please visit