Hurricane season is from June 1 through Nov. 30. It is important to be thoroughly prepared and according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), residents are encouraged to have at least seven days of supplies. Additionally, if you are unsure of what to do when disaster strikes, make a plan for yourself and your family.
Know the difference between a Hurricane Watch and Warning
A Hurricane Watch is issued when a tropical cyclone containing winds of 74 mph or higher poses a possible threat, generally within 48 hours. These winds may be accompanied by storm surge, coastal flooding, and/or river flooding. The watch does not mean that hurricane conditions will occur. It only means that these conditions are possible.
A Hurricane Warning is issued when sustained winds of 74 mph or higher associated with a tropical cyclone are expected in 36 hours or less. These winds may be accompanied by storm surge, coastal flooding and/or river flooding. A hurricane warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and exceptionally high waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force.
Source: National Weather Service
Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holidays
May 27-June 9, 2023
Aug. 26-Sept. 8, 2023
Visit Florida Department of Revenue’s website for a list of qualifying items.
Remember some important tips when making your emergency supply kit.
Be prepared for flooding, especially if you are in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam.
Prepare a family emergency plan that will help you respond to any emergency situation.
Lessen the impact of a disaster on a community through preparedness, structural hardening and infrastructure projects.