2022 Hurricane Season is Here!

Hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts until November 30; that’s half the year! North Central Florida Media Group stations K Country (93.7) and Wind FM (92.5 in Gainesville and 95.5 in Ocala) are the hurricane weather centers for preparation and updates.

The 2022 Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday lasts two weeks this year, “to ensure Floridians are receiving the maximum amount of savings and have enough time to prepare for hurricane season” said Governor Ron DeSantis in a press release.

Floridians are expected to save $25.6 million during the tax free two weeks. This is more than double compared to the $10.5 million saved in 2021.

Some of the tax-exempt items include ice packs, flashlights, candles, weather radios, batteries, portable generators, and new this year, pet supplies.

Here are five essentials to have prepared:

    • Water
    • Gasoline
    • Non-perishable food
    • Batteries/flashlights/candles
    • First aid kit

It’s important to have enough supplies to last for seven days for each family member and pet.

The average hurricane season produces roughly seven hurricanes. In the past five years there have been more Category 4 and 5 hurricane landfalls in the United States than in the previous 50 years combined.

According to the National Hurricane Center, there were 30 named storms in 2020: a record. 2021 had 21 named storms.

What will the hurricanes be named this year? The World Meteorological Organization already has them mapped out.

Alex, Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Ian, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Martin, Nicole, Owen, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tobias, Virginie and Walter.

For all Florida tax holidays and exemptions, click here.

 

Sources:
Florida Department of Revenue
National Hurricane Center
2022 Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday press release
World Meteorological Organization