Since hurricanes can cause major damage because of storm surge, wind damage, and flooding, it is vital for Floridians to prepare early and stay alert throughout the entire season. Below are some resources to help you prepare.
Hurricane Season: June 1 – November 30
Disaster Preparedness 2023 Tas Savings Holiday – Dates to be announced. The holiday covers items needed during disasters including generators priced at $1,000 or less.
A full list of eligible supplies and their price ranges can be found on the Florida Department of Revenue website.
A complete list of resources is available through Lee County’s Hurricane Preparation Guide.
Preparing a disaster preparedness kit is a wise choice. You have no way of knowing when a potential disaster will strike, and having the supplies ready to go will keep your family safe, financially secure and stable during the difficult days ahead. In addition, it's important to have the following documents in a safe, place: both hard copies and electronically in your e-mail, cloud or on a thumb drive.
❑ Birth certificates
❑ Social Security cards
❑ Driver’s licenses
❑ Marriage papers (marriage license, divorce decree, prenuptial agreement, etc.)
❑ Adoption papers
❑ Child custody agreements
❑ Government civilian and/or military records (ID numbers, discharge records)
❑ Citizenship documents (green cards, visas, citizenship or naturalization certificates)
❑ Diplomas and certifications
❑ Pet documentation
❑ Vehicle documentation (certified copies of titles, VIN numbers, registration papers)
❑ Real estate documents (certified copies of deeds for home and business, mortgage notes, chain of title documents)
❑ Appraisals (receipts or appraisals for valuable items or major purchases)
❑ Inventory of items in your home (photos of valuables, listing with each item’s description, brand, model, serial number)
❑ Tax information (tax returns, personal and business property tax statements)
❑ Financial information (bank or credit union statements, credit or debit card statements, account numbers, bank contact information)
❑ Investment documents (portfolio summaries, stock certificates, bonds, CDs)
❑ Business incorporation documents (articles of incorporation, bylaws, etc.)
❑ Insurance information (cards and summaries for health, homeowners, auto, life, etc.
❑ Bills and other obligations (bills, mortgages, loans, account and contact info)
❑ Last will and testament
❑ Living will
❑ Powers of attorney
❑ End-of-life arrangements (letter of instruction, organ donor designation, funeral and burial contracts, obituary, death notice)
❑ Insurance information (copy of health insurance card and policy summaries)
❑ Medications list (including schedules and dosages)
❑ Immunization records
❑ Allergy info
❑ Medical records