Today marks the beginning of the 2019 hurricane season. The last two years unleashed deadly hurricanes on Florida and forecasters predict another rough storm season is upon us. We cannot avoid the annual arrival of hurricane season in Florida, but we can have a plan in place that relies on critical tools and resources to minimize damage and save lives
Last year, South Florida was mostly spared from harsh tropical systems, but the Panhandle is still recovering from Hurricane Michael, a category 5 storm with 160 mph winds; the strongest to make U.S. landfall since Hurricane Andrew. The year before, Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused massive fatalities, property damage and suffering. I will keep fighting for adequate recovery funding, so communities can more quickly rebuild from these disasters.
This week I received a briefing from experts at NOAA, the National Hurricane Center, the Broward and Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center, FEMA, Florida National Guard, Florida Power and Light, and the American Red Cross about the state of South Florida's hurricane preparedness.
Please review this vital preparedness information to help keep you, your family and neighbors safe, and to limit the devastation that these storms inflict on our lives and property:
Miami-Dade County residents:
Broward County residents:
Don't forget: May 31-June 6 is a disaster preparedness sales tax holiday, and qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax. Learn more here.
We all know the pain hurricane season can bring. It is imperative that every South Florida household and business create a storm plan of action. The better we plan, the safer we will all be.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Member of Congress