Many organizations issue predictions for the Atlantic Hurricane Season, but none predicted the costliest year on record for 2017 racking up more than $200 Billion in damages.

Predictions for 2018 call for an above average season with 15 names storms, 7 Hurricanes and 3 Major Hurricanes of category 3 or higher.

The Atlantic Hurricane season begins June 1, 2018 and ends November 30, 2018.

Florida lawmakers backed 2 sales-tax holidays for hurricane preparations. The sales-tax holidays are June 1st-June 7th and July 6th-July 12th.

Numerous items would be exempt from sales taxes during these periods, such as portable radios costing $75 or less; tarps costing $50 or less; gas or diesel fuel tanks costing $25 or less; cell-phone chargers costing $40 or less; carbon-monoxide detectors costing $75 or less; and portable generators costing $1,000 or less.

Are you ready?

Download your free printable hurricane map and check lists to help you prepare.

The check lists have basic items to help you and include:

Food & Water

Tools & Supplies

First Aid & Non-Prescription Drugs

Possession & Documents

Special Items

Sanitation, Clothing & Bedding

Storm Names for 2018 are:

Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie, William.

Create your evacuation plan now, make sure your electronics are backed up, that you have a plan for your pets, extra supplies of your prescription drugs and make sure you have full insurance coverage. Use a local insurance agent like Hallett Insurance that will answer your calls and make sure you have everything you need.