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The 2018 hurricane season officially starts on Friday, June 1st. And also starting Friday, you will be able to buy hurricane supplies… tax-free.

For the next seven days you can get essential supplies tax-free during Florida’s 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.

From Friday, June 1 through Thursday, June 7, all hurricane supplies will be tax-free in the State of Florida. This means you will not be charged sales tax for the following items bought in stores and online:

  • Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)
  • Portable self-powered light source powered by battery, solar, hand-crank, or gas (includes candles, flashlights and lanterns)
  • Gas or diesel fuel container (includes LP gas and kerosene containers)
  • Batteries (AAA-cell, AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, 9-volt) including rechargeable batteries
  • Coolers and ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical)
  • Bungee cords
  • Ground anchor systems
  • Two-way or weather band radios (powered by battery, solar, or handcrank)
  • Ratchet straps
  • Tarpaulins (tarps)
  • Tie-down kits
  • Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting
  • waterproof sheeting
  • Portable generators (used to provide light, communications or to preserve food in the event of a power outage)

Emergency Management officials say you should be prepared to survive a storm on your own for the first 72 hours after a storm hits. Officials strongly suggest your disaster survival kit contain the following:

  • Food
  • Water (1 gallon, per day, per person)
  • Blankets and pillows
  • Cash
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Clothing
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Keys
  • Mosquito spray
  • Battery-operated NOAA weather radio
  • Toiletries
  • Tools
  • Important documents
  • Pet care items.

For more information on the 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, check with the Florida Department Of Revenue.

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