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Hurricane Season Predictions and
Tax-Free Preparations for Florida 2023

2023 has two separate two-week tax-free holiday periods this year!

There will be two separate two-week holiday periods this year. The first begins on Saturday, May
27, 2023, and ends on Friday, June 9, 2023. The second holiday period begins on Saturday,
August 26, 2023, and ends on Friday, September 8, 2023.

These are NOAA’s predictions for the Atlantic hurricane season this year.

“NOAA is forecasting a range of 12 to 17 total named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher). Of those, 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). NOAA has a 70% confidence in these ranges.” NOAA stands for: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A summary infographic showing hurricane season probability and numbers of named storms predicted from NOAA's 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook. Source: NOAA

National Hurricane Season Preparedness Week is earlier this year and takes place May 27 – June 9, 2023. The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through November 30, 2022. Hurricane forecasts begin May 15 this year. June 1, 2023 is the first day of the official . Are you prepared? 

Time to prepare for Hurricane Season during the week of May 27 thru June 9, 2023 to save some money. Purchase supplies FREE of Sales Tax that might be needed or used during the Florida Hurricane Season. Take advantage of the tax-free holiday to purchase items now instead of waiting until they are in high demand and short supply. Learn More at the Florida Department of Revenue.

Basic Emergency Supplies Kit

To assemble your kit store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

There is a full list of tax-free items at FloridaRevenue.com/DisasterPrep.

Additional Emergency Supplies

Since Spring of 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended people include additional items in their kits to help prevent the spread of viruses and the flu.

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Masks (for everyone ages 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • Special supplies needed by Seniors

 

Learn your Florida zone today so when listening to the news as a tropical storm or hurricane approaches your area, you will know if you need to evacuate or not. To know if you will need to evacuate during a hurricane visit this website: https://floridadisaster.org/knowyourzone.

If you need to evacuate, your safest and easiest option may be to stay with friends or family who live outside the evacuation zone or in a stronger house. Check with nearby friends and family now and have a plan in place for what to do if you are ordered to evacuate. If those do not work for you, there is information on Shelters which can be found at: https://www.floridadisaster.org/planprepare/shelters/.

NOAA Predicting 'Average’ Atlantic Hurricane Season with More Storms

You can track storms this season at this website: Track Tropical Storms

These websites have several resources:
https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes#before
https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness

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