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:
- Water (1 gallon, per day, per person)
- Blankets and pillows
- Cell phone chargers
- First aid kit
- Flashlight and batteries
- Mosquito spray
- Battery-operated NOAA weather radio
- Important documents
- Pet care items.
For more information on the 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, check with the Florida Department Of Revenue.