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FEMA Preparation Resources

2023 Sales Tax Holiday

During the 2023 Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday May 27 - June 9 and August 26 - September 8, residents may purchase qualifying items related to disaster preparedness exempt from sales tax.
Florida Department of Revenue disaster preparedness sales tax holiday

2023 Disaster Guide

The 2023 Sarasota County Disaster Planning Guide offers the most important tips to prepare for a disaster and highlights the extra things to consider for children, seniors, pets, and people with medical needs.
Learn more and download the guide

Disaster Preparedness for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

Below are links to your local disaster services in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties, including emergency shelters near you, disaster planning, and social media accounts to follow in the case of a hurricane, flood, or other disaster.
Below are resources that may be mobilized by federal, state, and local government agencies to provide relief to Floridians affected by hurricanes.
Florida Policy Institute hurricane response guide bannerGuide to State, Local, and Federal Safety Net Resources
After a Federal Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance is received, all affected individuals should register for disaster assistance. This video will help you understand the options available and show how easy it is to register for disaster assistance.
FEMA's Resource Brochure in 27 Languages