City of Tampa officials are urging residents to prepare now for the upcoming Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Tampa Fire Chief and Emergency Manager Nick LoCicero, Police Chief Brian Dugan and NWS Tampa Bay Meteorologist-in-Charge Brian LaMarre held a news conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
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Officials want all residents to have a hurricane kit ready before the upcoming season begins and have a plan ready in case normal life is disrupted by a major weather event.
Officials are also reminding residents to take advantage of the 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday which runs from Friday, June 1 through Thursday, June 7. During the sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax. Get a list of exempt items here.
The City also offers an emergency notification system called Alert Tampa Bay. Get more info here.