Prepare for Hurricane Season: Florida’s Disaster Preparedness Tax Holidays and Safety Tips

Prepare for Hurricane Season: Florida’s Disaster Preparedness Tax Holidays and Safety Tips
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This year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting an unprecedented 17 to 25 named tropical storms and 4 to 7 major hurricanes. Emergency management officials across Florida are urging residents to prepare in advance.

From June 1 to June 14, Florida residents can purchase essential survival products tax-free. Items such as batteries, flashlights, generators, coolers, and pet supplies are included in the tax holiday. A complete list of eligible items is available here.

Effective disaster preparedness is crucial to reducing loss of life and property. This relies heavily on clear communication and coordination between first responders and the public. Decisions like whether to evacuate, how to safely shelter in place, or how to make structural improvements to property ultimately rest with individuals. Florida Department of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie has been touring the state to ensure residents have the information they need for an active hurricane season.

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With more people moving to Florida each year, many lack firsthand experience with tropical storms and hurricanes. Even long-term residents can be unprepared, often underestimating the hazards based on past weaker storms. Guthrie emphasizes the importance of communicating how each storm’s unique path, speed, and size can pose different threats. By providing clear and rational information, officials hope residents will make informed decisions to stay safe.

Florida’s disaster preparedness tax holiday continues through June 14. Additionally, a second tax holiday will take place from August 24 to September 6, offering another opportunity for residents to purchase essential supplies tax-free.

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