Today marks the official start of hurricane season, and weather forecasters are expecting another above-normal year of activity in the Atlantic region. They estimate between 13 and 20 named storms with six to 10 becoming hurricanes.
Preparation remains the most important step we can take to protect ourselves and our families. Please don’t be complacent. As the season starts, everyone should review their family emergency plan and assemble a hurricane supply kit so you are well-prepared if a storm should impact our area.
Remember to have a three- to five-day supply of food and water, including at least one gallon of water per person per day, along with non-perishable food that is ready to eat, a battery-powered flashlight, a battery-powered radio, a first-aid kit, and a reserve of prescription medicine.
As part of your preparations, please determine if you live in an evacuation zone and where you would go if ordered to evacuate. It’s a good idea to keep a full tank of gas in your vehicle as lines can be long once a storm approaches. Make plans to secure homes, boats, pets, and property. Check your insurance coverage, inventory your possessions, and remember to secure valuables and important documents. Please also ask your neighbors if they need any extra help or assistance.
In addition, now is a good time to trim trees, shrubs, and other landscaping to minimize vegetative debris on your property. Also, you should assess your home for vulnerable spots and check the condition of shutters and backup generators.
To assist with your hurricane preparations, please be aware that this year’s sales tax holiday through June 6. During this period of time, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax.
Finally, please visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/alertftl to sign up to receive emergency alerts from the city and check our website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/hurricane for more preparation tips and additional ways to stay in touch.
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