City of Tampa officials ask residents to prepare now for upcoming hurricane season

City of Tampa officials are urging residents to prepare now for the upcoming Atlantic Hurricane Season.

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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.

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