Hurricane Season Is Here, Are You Prepared?

Hurricane Season is here and it's time to make sure you're prepared for what the season might bring. You can stock up on all the things you'll need like water, non-perishable food, medicine, pet items, an emergency bag to grab and go, plus get your evacuation plan ready in the event that you have to…

First Hurricane Forecast For 2018 Season Released

We are just about 8 weeks out from the start of the 2018 Hurricane Season on June 1st and the team at Colorado State University that puts out an annual hurricane season forecast has spoken. And it's good news/bad news. According to the Tampa Bay Times, they are projecting that it will be a little…

2017 Disasters Cost US Record-Setting Amount

We knew last year's disasters were bad, but just how bad? The total cost is out for all of the national disasters in the U.S.  last year and it's a record number. According to USA Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Hurricanes Irma, Harvey & Maria, plus 13 other disasters, including the devastating…

Power Nearly Fully Restored Across The Bay Area

Since Irma came through the state of Florida and left a swath of destruction in her wake, the state's power companies have been scrambling. According to Bay News 9, Duke Energy has restored power to over 99% of it's customers. Tampa Electric is reportedly 100% restored, Lakeland Electric is at 95% and FP&L has brought…

UPDATE: The Latest On Post Hurricane Irma Repairs

Here's the latest on the clean up after Hurricane Irma, as of Friday, 6/15 at 6am. And for information on FEMA, scams/fraud, specific Tampa Bay area county updates, Red Cross & more, click HERE. FLORIDA TOLL ROADS: (As of 6am Friday 9/15): Tolls are still suspended & there's no word yet on when they'll start collecting…

After Hurricane Irma: Tips To Hiring A Contractor & Other Repair Services

Now that everyone has assessed the damage from Hurricane Irma and it's time to start thinking about making repairs, need to remove debris or clean up your property, here are FEMA's tips when hiring a contractor. They say: Check to make sure contractors are licensed in the State of Florida (Contractors sometimes come from out of…

Now That The Storm Has Passed It's Time To Address Your Financial Obligations

Now that the storm has passed, everyone's safe and healthy, you need to start thinking about your financial obligations. Here are some great tips from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 1. Contact your insurance company. If you have property damage from the storm, you can start your claims by calling your insurance company. make sure…

UPDATE: The Latest On Hurricane Irma Recovery In Tampa Bay

Here's the latest on the clean up after Hurricane Irma: SCHOOLS: (as of 6am Wednesday 9/13): Closed all week: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Sarasota, Manatee, Polk & Hernando Counties will be closed until Monday, 9/18. ***Please check your individual school district's website to confirm closures & get updates.*** TRAFFIC LIGHTS: As a reminder, if traffic lights…