From June through November, hurricanes are at their peak. During a hurricane, heavy rains and catastrophic winds barrel through coastal areas and can severely damage or destroy homes and businesses. To help you plan and remain safe at home during these storms, follow these safety tips.
Sales Tax Holiday is June 1-7
With hurricane season officially starting on June 1, there will be a statewide sales tax holiday June 1–7.
Items that will be tax exempt include:
Batteries (AAA-cell through D-cell, 6-volt, and 9volt) ($30 or less)
Gas or diesel fuel tanks ($25 or less)
Ground anchor systems or tie-down kits ($50 or less)
Food coolers, non-electric ($30 or less)
Portable generators ($750 or less)
Portable self-powered light sources ($20 or less)
Portable self-powered radios, two-way radios, or weather-band radios ($50 or less)
Reusable ice ($10 or less)
Tarpaulins or other flexible waterproof sheeting ($50 or less)
During Hurricane Season
Plan evacuation routes and designate a “post disaster contact person” that family members know to call once the storm is over.
Stock up on items such as bottled water, canned goods, manual can/bottle opener, flashlights, battery-operated radio, nails, tarps and plywood.
Keep an up-to-date log of all of your possessions with photographs and videos, and review your home insurance policy and flood coverage.
Trim your trees and shrubs to minimize damage.
When a Hurricane Threatens
Cover windows and doors and secure outdoor furniture.
Make sure you have three gallons of water per family member.
Refill your prescriptions, fill up your car with gas and withdraw a week’s worth of cash since power outages may interrupt these services temporarily.
Place important, valuable papers such as your log of possessions in waterproof bags.
If you live in a trailer home and are told to evacuate, do so immediately.
During a Hurricane
You should have canned food for at least three days and a can opener.
Listen to your battery-operated radio for instructions from the local authorities on evacuation and safety guidelines.
Seek shelter in an interior room away from windows, such as a closet. If you hear the winds subside, do not assume that the storm is over. The calm may be the eye of the storm, in which the worst part is yet to come.
If the electricity goes out, use a flashlight to see; do not use candles.
After a Hurricane
Make sure you have pet food and supplies for three days.
When inspecting your home for damage, wear sturdy shoes and clothing as protection.
Contact a trained expert to turn off damaged utilities and appliances instead of trying to do it yourself.
Drink only bottled water until tap water is deemed safe.