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Make a Plan; Build a Kit; Be Informed

Given the ongoing global supply chain issues, everyone should consider early storm preparation. You can get tips and hints on how to make sure you and your family are hurricane ready on this web page and also visit the Hurricane Tips for Veterans and Families page at https://www.visn8.va.gov/hurricane_tips.asp

Also, this year, in addition to the Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, there are a number of other Florida Sales Tax holidays and Exemption Periods that you can take advantage of!

Disaster Preparedness May 28 – June 10

Children’s Books May 14-August 24

Freedom Week July 1-7

Diapers and Clothing July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

Energy Star Appliances July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

Home Hardening July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024

Back to School July 25 – August 7

Tool Time September 3 – September 9

Hurricane Preparedness

Now is the time to start preparing.

The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 – November 30. Never underestimate the value of being prepared!

The extended range forecast for this year indicates we will likely see above-average activity for the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Weather experts are predicting 16-20 named storms, 6-8 hurricanes, 3-5 major hurricanes and direct impact to the US 4- 6 storms.

They also believe the greatest potential for direct impacts along the mainland US are the southeast Texas coast eastward through Florida, particularly the panhandle area and the cost of the Carolinas.

Check out the information below to learn more about hurricanes, hazards associated with hurricanes, and what you can do to prepare.

Make a Plan

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Step 1: Put a plan together by discussing the questions below with your family, friends or household to start your emergency plan.

Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household.

Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family / household

See the Hurricane Preparedness Guide for Veterans and Families below (also available in Spanish)

Guidance, links and printable material is available at Ready.gov..

Know your Watches and Warnings

Part of preparing for a hurricane is understanding the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast products, especially the meaning of NWS watches and warnings.

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