Hurricane Irma may be fresh in your memory, but it’s time to get ready for 2018 storm season, which run June 1 through Nov. 30.
This year, foresters are predicting a slightly above average number of hurricanes to form in the Atlantic.
Got a generator? If not, buy one and save up to $45 in sales tax when Florida’s 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday kicks off June 1-7. See a full list of qualifying items at FloridaRevenue.com/disasterprep.
$10 or less:
Reusable ice packs
$20 or less:
Any portable self-powered light source (flashlights, candles, lanterns)
$25 or less:
Any gas or diesel fuel containers (LP gas and kerosene containers)
$30 or less:
Batteries (AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries)
Nonelectric coolers and ice chests
$50 or less:
Portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio
Tarpaulin or flexible waterproof sheeting
First-aid kits (always exempt)
Ground anchor systems or tie-down kits
$750 or less:
Portable generators for $750 or less
The tax holiday does not apply to sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging or airports.
The tax holiday is expected to save Florida families more than $4.5 million, according to the state revenue department.
Hurricane Irma, which reached speeds of 180 mph over the Caribbean, killed 44 people and accounted for a larger number of indirect deaths here in South Florida when 12 died at a sweltering Hollywood nursing home. It also left most of the state without power.
Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic flooding in Texas, and Hurricane Maria’s 175-mph winds brought mass devastation and death when it struck the eastern Caribbean and Puerto Rico, which is still struggling to rsecover.
Storm season is unpredictable. It makes sense to prepare before a storm hits to avoid long lines and scarce supplies. Visit our hurricane headquarters at SunSentinel.com/Hurricane to get ready.