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Hurricane Season Starts Monday; Preparation Tax Holiday Underway

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Parts of Jacksonville experienced severe flooding during 2017's Hurricane Irma.

The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season starts Monday and forecasters expect it to be a busy one.

The Florida Department of Emergency Management is busy putting together evacuation and shelter plans that conform with coronavirus restrictions.

Director Jared Moskowitz said this year, that includes stockpiling both hurricane and COVID-19 supplies.

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“One of the big lessons learned from the pandemic is that we have to have a lot of materials on hand. And so we have 10 million masks in reserve for hurricane season. We have 5,000 thermometers, 5 million gloves, a million face shields and we went out and purchased 50 large capacity generators.”
Moskowitz urges all Floridians to take advantage of the disaster preparedness sales tax holiday that started Friday to put together their own storm supplies.

During the sales tax holiday, things like batteries, weather radios, coolers, flashlights and generators that cost less than $750 are exempt from the state sales tax.

The tax holiday runs through Thursday, June 4.

Contact reporter Cyd Hoskinson at choskinson@wjct.org, 904-358-6351 and on Twitter at @cydwjctnews.