2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season is Fast Approaching. What is the Forecast?

Floridians recognize the month of June as not only the beginning of summer, but also as the start of hurricane season. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, predicts that the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season will be considered near normal. Here is what we can expect:

  • Between 9 and 15 named storms
  • Approximately 4 to 8 hurricanes
  • Between 2 and 4 will become major hurricanes

Hurricane season starts June 1st and ends November 30th. A typical season will produce approximately 12 named storms, of which, six will become hurricanes. Out of those six, three will turn out to be major hurricanes. NOAA’s 2019 prediction falls in line with a typical hurricane season. What is the difference between an average hurricane and a major one? An average hurricane will have winds of 74 mph or higher. Major hurricanes have winds of 111 mph or higher.

In addition to stocking up on batteries, flashlights, and non perishables, it’s just as important for Floridians to be aware of their local resources. Visit the National Hurricane Center to learn how to protect your family this season with a basic disaster supplies kit and a family emergency plan. You will also find information about the American Red Cross and other emergency management agencies on this site.  Learn about flood maps and your property’s risk of flood on FEMA.gov. Lastly, the National Weather Service will keep you informed about your local weather, including any hurricane and tropical storm watches and advisories.

Wishing our fellow Floridians a wonderful summer and a safe and uneventful hurricane season!

 

Take Advantage of 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday: June 1st – June 7th

Get prepared for hurricane season during this week’s tax Disaster Preparedness 2018 Sales Tax Holiday! Here are just a few of the items you can stock up on in order to be ready for the Sunshine State’s stormy season:

  • $10 or less: Reusable ice packs
  • $20 or less: Flashlights, lanterns, or candles
  • $25 or less: Any gas or diesel fuel
  • $30 or less: Batteries, coolers or non-electrical food storage containers.
  • $50 or less: Ground anchor systems, bungee cords, ratchet straps, tarps, or radios (two-way or weather band)
  • $750 or less: Portable generators

Items that are always exempt include bottled water (unflavored, not carbonated), canned foods, first aid kits, baby food and formulas, and prescription and nonprescription medications.

Now through June 7th, take advantage of the tax breaks and get ready for the storm season while saving a little money. Emergency Management officials recommend being prepared enough to be able survive a hurricane on your own for up to 3 days after a storm hits. Your disaster survival kit should contain food, water (at least 3 gallons per person), blankets, pillows, cash, cell phone chargers, clothing, first aid, flashlight and batteries, keys, mosquito spray, a battery operated NOAA weather radio, toiletries, tools, important documents, and pet care supplies. Stay safe Florida!

TIPS and Tax Free Week Hurricane Season