If you’ve lived in Florida for any amount of time, you are aware of the annual Atlantic hurricane season, which starts June 1 and lasts until November 30. It’s important to appropriately prepare for a storm in case of an emergency, but living in a Life Plan Community can alleviate some of the pressure for you.
The biggest benefit of choosing to live at a senior living Life Plan Community, when it comes to preparing for a storm, is the ease of maintenance-free living. You will never need to put up the hurricane shutters over the windows or remove storm debris from your yard again — just leave it to your community’s maintenance team!
We’ve created a convenient Hurricane Preparedness Guide where we discuss:
- What is a hurricane?
- The risks they bring
- How to both prepare for sheltering or evacuation
- What to put in an emergency supply kit
- Caring for pets in the storm
- How to prepare (or not prepare!) your home, and
- Where to get to most up-to-date information
This guide is helpful for older adults who are residents of a Life Plan Community and anyone else who lives in an area susceptible to hurricanes.
It can be expensive to buy the items necessary for your hurricane preparedness kit, so to alleviate the cost, the state of Florida offers a Sales Tax Holiday on qualifying items. This year the sales tax holiday began on May 27 and ends on June 9. There will also be a second tax holiday, starting August 26 and going until September 8.
For a full list of qualifiable items, reference Florida’s Department of Revenue’s official 2023 Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday List and FAQ.
You can never be too prepared when it comes to hurricanes!
For more information about how you can live at a Westminster Life Plan Community and the benefits during hurricane season, visit our website at www.westminstercommunitesfl.org.