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Hurricane supplies sales tax holiday in Florida ends Thursday at midnight

Sales tax holiday runs from June 1 to 7, 2018
Hurricane sales tax holiday starts Friday
Posted at 5:57 AM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-05 03:11:54-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- The 2018 hurricane season got off to an early start. Subtropical Storm Alberto made landfall in the Florida panhandle during the Memorial Day weekend.

FLORIDA HURRICANE SALES TAX HOLIDAY: Here are hurricane supplies you can get tax-free until June 7

RELATED: Things to know before the storm

Now is the time to make sure you are prepared for storm season. You can get essential supplies for a little cheaper during Florida's 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.

Through midnight on 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:

$10 or less:

  • Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)

$20 or less:

  • Portable self-powered light source powered by battery, solar, hand-crank, or gas (includes candles, flashlights and lanterns)

$25 or less:

  • Gas or diesel fuel container (includes LP gas and kerosene containers)

$30 or less:

  • Batteries (AAA-cell, AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, 9-volt) including rechargeable batteries
  • Coolers and ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical)

$50 or less:

  • 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

$750 or less:

  • Portable generators (used to provide light, communications or to preserve food in the event of a power outage)

Emergency Management officials say you have be prepared to survive a hurricane on your own for the first 72 hours after a storm hits.

They strongly suggest your disaster survival kit contain the following: food, water (at least three gallons per person), blankets and pillows, cash, cell phone chargers, clothing, first aid kit, flashlight and batteries, keys, mosquito spray, a battery-operated NOAA weather radio, toiletries, toys, tools, important documents and pet care items.

Click here for more information on the 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.