Florida will offer a 15-day sales tax holiday for hurricane preparedness supplies as part of a state program to encourage the building of disaster supply kits.
The sales tax holiday, part of the “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” program, will begin June 1 and run through June 14, and will cover hurricane preparation supplies, such as flashlights, batteries, weather radios, and other basic items.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said, “This 15-day sales tax holiday will help Florida families prepare for hurricane season and let them keep more than $20 million. This tax holiday will allow families to better protect and safeguard their homes during a storm.”
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1-Nov. 30.
The specific items included in the Sales Tax Holiday include:
– A portable self-powered light source selling for $20 or less
– A portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio selling for $50 or less
– A tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting selling for $50 or less
– A self-contained first-aid kit selling for $30 or less
– A ground anchor system or tie-down kit selling for $50 or less
– A gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $25 or less
– A package of AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, selling for $30 or less
– A nonelectric food storage cooler selling for $30 or less
– A portable generator that is used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage selling for $750 or less
For more information on the Florida Division of Emergency Management and to GET A PLAN!, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org. Follow the Florida Department of Emergency Management on Twitter at @FLSERT and on Facebook atwww.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT andwww.Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan.