Better Business Bureau provides a one stop resource page to help Florida’s Consumers, Business and NonProfits prepare for Hurricane season which runs June 1st – Nov 30th. Within this hurricane guide, you will find tips on Disaster Preparedness, Recovery and Repair, How to Avoid Storm Chaser Scams, additional Government Resources and tips on Giving Wisely to Disaster Relief Charities.
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 will often travel from out of state to a disaster area in attempt 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.
BBB also warns area contractors to beware of storm chasers who are willing to pay local construction companies substantial amounts of money to use a local business’s established name, reputation and phone so they can masquerade as a local business. Many contractors who agreed to let these storm chasers use their name regret their decision once they were left holding the bag of unsatisfied customers due to bad workmanship and/or unfulfilled warranties.
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 local businesses, visit the respective Better Business Bureau to access your local Florida Hurricane Guide:
BBB Serving Northwest Florida
Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, Walton, Washington
BBB Serving Northeast Florida and The Southeast Atlantic
Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Madison, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, Taylor, Union
BBB Serving Central Florida
Brevard, Citrus, Lake, Levy, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Sumter, Volusia
BBB Serving West Florida
Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota
BBB Serving Southeast Florida & the Caribbean
Broward, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach County, St. Lucie