Florida Division of Emergency Management Urges Vigilance and Preparedness as 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) marked the official start of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season and urged Floridians to take steps to ensure their homes and businesses are prepared. The 2023 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.
“As we saw in the 2022 hurricane season, it only takes one storm to cause significant impacts and devastate a community” said FDEM Director Kevin Guthrie. “If you haven’t already, please take the time now to finalize your hurricane preparedness plans for your families and businesses, assemble your disaster supply kit during the current disaster sales tax holiday, and begin any ongoing disaster relief projects.” last minute home hardening to mitigate impacts from future storms.”
Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis announced a record $2.7 billion tax break for Floridians, including two disaster preparedness sales tax breaks: May 27-June 9, 2023 and August 26-June 2023. September 8, 2023. More information on the Florida disaster preparedness sales tax exemption can be found here.
After a very active 2022 season, it is imperative that residents be prepared in advance of any potential storms to impact our state. FDEM urges all Floridians to take some basic steps now to plan for their personal and family needs and protection in the event of a hurricane or tropical storm. The following checklist can help you as you begin your planning efforts:
Complete a personal evaluation
- List your personal needs and your resources to meet them in a disaster environment.
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- Learn about community disaster plans and community warning systems. Every household is encouraged to have a battery-operated or hand-cranked weather radio to ensure they can continue to receive alerts from the National Weather Service in the event of power outages or damaged cell phone towers.
Prepare an emergency kit
- Every household should have a fully stocked disaster supply kit with at least 7 days worth of items, including consideration for children, pets, and the elderly. The Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Exemption is ongoing and provides residents the opportunity to purchase tax-free supplies during one of two 14-day Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Free Days .
- For a complete Disaster Supply Kit Checklist, visit FloridaDisaster.org/Kit.
Know your home, know your zone
- Visit FloridaDisaster.org/Know to find out which evacuation zone you live in.
- Know your home’s ability to withstand hurricane force winds.
Have a plan for your pets
- Have a safe place to take your pets if you cannot bring them with you during an evacuation. Never leave your household pets behind during a hurricane or tropical storm.
- Assemble a portable pet disaster supply kit with essential supplies to care for your pet.
- Know how and when to turn off water, gas and electricity at main switches and valves.
- Keep the tools you will need near gas and water shutoff valves.
- Turn off utilities only if you suspect the lines are damaged or if you are directed to do so by local officials.
- Make sure you know where the fire extinguishers are and how to use them.
- Install smoke detectors on all levels of your home, especially near bedrooms.
- Install a battery-operated or battery-backed carbon monoxide detector.
- Several times a year, test your smoke detectors to make sure they are working properly.
Records and important documents
- Keep copies of important family records and other documents (birth and marriage certificates, Social Security cards, passports, wills, deeds, financial, insurance, medical/immunization records, and copies of current bills) in a safe deposit box or other location waterproof.
Inventory of household possessions
- Keep a record of your possessions, in writing or on video, to help you claim reimbursement in case of loss or damage.
Reduce hazards at home
- Have faulty electrical wiring and leaky gas connections repaired.
- Place large, heavy items on the lower shelves.
- Have cracks in roofs and foundations repaired.
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