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  • Sign Up for Weather & Emergency Alerts
     
    Hillsborough County and the State of Florida all have alert systems that will enable you to receive text alerts straight to your cell phone! Click the icons below to sign up!

  • Evacuation Zones vs. Flood Zones

     
    Though they are often mistaken for each other, Flood Zones and Evacuation Zones are two very different things that measure very different conditions. So what's the difference? And when do you use them?
     
    Evacuation Zones: These are the areas that officials may order evacuated during a hurricane. These zones are mapped by the National Hurricane Center and indicate areas that will be affected by storm surge - storm-driven waves that can inundate a community, and threaten lives. Zones in Hillsborough County are identified from A - E, and there are parts of the county that are not in an evacuation zone. | Find Evacuation Information.
     
    Flood Zones: These federally identified zones indicate a property's risk for flooding at any time of the year, including as a result of heavy or steady rain. This zone has nothing to do with hurricanes or other emergencies, and everything to do with your property insurance and building requirements. Nationally, these zones are classified as Zones A (Special Flood Hazard Area), B, C, D, V and X. Every property is in a flood zone. | Find My Flood Zone.

  • FL Division of Emergency Management on Twitter: "🌀 The 2022 Disaster  Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins this weekend! This tax holiday gives  Floridians the opportunity to prepare for hurricane season by saving


  • Disaster Relief Resources from the U.S. Chamber 
     
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has resources to help local chambers and small businesses prepare for and recover from any potential disasters or business interruptions. If you need additional support or have questions, please reach out to the Disaster Help Desk directly at 1-888-MY-BIZ-HELP (888-692-4943).
     
    Disaster Help Desk for Business: Made possible with support from the PwC Charitable Foundation, was developed in 2007 and offers one-on-one expert assistance to small business owners before, during, and after a disaster strikes. | Learn more here
     
    Resilience in a Box: Created in partnership with The UPS Foundation, features a toolbox of resources to educate newcomers on disaster preparedness and business resilience. | Learn more here
     
    Disaster Recovery Quick Guides: Made possible by Shell, has tailored tips for small businesses and chambers looking to prepare and recover. | Learn more here
    
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  • NOAA Predicts Above-Normal 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season
     
    Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, are predicting above-average hurricane activity this year — which would make it the seventh consecutive above-average hurricane season. NOAA’s outlook for the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, which extends from June 1 to November 30, predicts a 65% chance of an above-normal season, a 25% chance of a near-normal season, and a 10% chance of a below-normal season.
     
    For the 2022 hurricane season, NOAA is forecasting a likely range of 14 to 21 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). NOAA provides these ranges with a 70% confidence.
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  • Florida SBDC Network urges preparation for hurricane season
     
    Preparedness resources
    • For preparedness resources from the Florida SBDC Network, please visit https://floridasbdc.org/services/business-continuation/preparedness/.
    • The state’s disaster preparedness sales tax holiday extends through Friday, June 10. To learn more about the holiday and qualifying items, please click here.
    • www.FloridaDisaster.org – The state’s official source of information for individuals and businesses from the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
    • For a hurricane preparedness checklist and other resources from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), please click here.
    • For more information about the Florida SBDC Network and to find an SBDC near you, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org.
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