It’s that time of year! Time to get ready for the upcoming hurricane season. This year the Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday runs from May 28, 2021, to June 6, 2021. This is the perfect time to stock up on essentials to help you throughout the season.
First off, you need to determine what supplies you have and what items you need in case of a hurricane or tropical storm. The list below is the Basic Disaster Supplies Kit from the federal government.
- Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
- Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
- Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
- Manual can opener (for food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
Now that you have an inventory of what you need to purchase or replenish you have until June 6th to buy the items sales tax-free. The list is arranged by price point beginning with reusable ice packs under $20 being sales tax-free. Items such as flashlights, lanterns, and candles under $40 are sales tax-free. Think of items you can use as a light source in case of a power outage whether they are solar-powered or battery-operated or even hand-cranked items. Items included in the under $50 category are batteries, two-way radios, and fuel containers. To view the complete list click HERE