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May 30, 2019
The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1 and ends November 30, 2019.
If Tampa Bay learned anything from Hurricane Irma…it’s the importance of being prepared whether it is putting together your family’s evacuation plan or your disaster supply kit.
The state of Florida is providing some financial relief for families putting together their kits with the 2019 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday which begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on June 6, 2019.
The sales tax holiday will provide you with sales tax breaks on qualifying items like flashlights and lanterns (selling for $20 or less), batteries (selling for $30 or less) and generators (selling for $750 or less).
“Every family should have an emergency plan and a disaster supply kit, and understand how they will receive alerts, how they will communicate, and where they will go if they have to evacuate,” Alberto Moscoso, Communications Director for the Florida Division of Emergency Management told us. We asked him to share some tips to help you prepare your family for hurricane season:
Each family’s supply kit may be a bit different. Think about your family and what items they may need if the power goes out – additional prescription medications, food for a specific diet, or even a favorite game or toy to pass the time.
Learn more: www.floridadisaster.org
More important links to prepare, find out if you live in a flood zone and locate evacuation routes and shelters: