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.
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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.