Hurricane preparedness week begins today

PrepareHOLT, Fla., May 6, 2018–Today is the start of the 2018 National Hurricane Preparedness Week.

With the Atlantic hurricane season just around the corner June 1, the National Hurricane Center is advising people to begin preparing now.

RiskEach day this week will be a focus on different aspects of preparation, so by the end of the week, people should be “hurricane strong,” if they followed along.

The rest of the week’s preparation information includes:

  • Monday — Develop an evacuation plan
  • Tuesday — Gather supplies
  • Wednesday — Check insurance
  • Thursday — Preparing and strengthening the home
  • Friday — Neighbors helping neighbors
  • Saturday — Writing it all down

The NHC stresses that hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Their impacts can be felt hundreds of miles inland and significant impacts can occur without it being a major hurricane.

To help encourage preparation, the Florida legislature passed a tax-exempt bill earlier this year that established June 1-7 as a sales tax holiday for hurricane preparation items such as flashlights, coolers, radios, tarps and generators.




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