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List: Hurricane supplies you can buy during Florida's 2019 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

Sales tax holiday runs until June 6
Posted at 6:35 AM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-03 02:47:37-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Floridians get to save money on much-needed supplies for the 2019 hurricane season.

RECOMMENDED: Floridians to save money on school, hurricane supplies during sales tax holidays

The sales tax holiday on hurricane supplies runs until June 6. Here are the items that are tax free:

$10 or less

  • Reusable ice (ice packs)

$20 or less

  • Any portable self-powered light source
    • Flashlights
    • Lanterns
    • Candles

$25 or less

  • Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers

$30 or less

  • Batteries, including rechargeable batteries (excluding automobile and boat batteries)
    • AA and AAA
    • C-cell
    • D-cell
    • 6-volt
    • 9-volt
  • Coolers and ice chests
    • Food storage
    • Non-electrical)

$50 or less

  • Tarpaulins (tarps)
  • Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting
  • Ground anchor systems
  • Tie-down kits
  • Bungee cords
  • Ratchet straps
  • Radios (powered by battery, solar, or hand crank)
    • Two-way
    • Weather band)

$750 or less

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

Always exempt

  • Bottled water (unflavored, uncarbonated)
  • Canned food, including meats, vegetables, fruit, peanut butter, and other nonperishable items
  • First aid kits
  • Prescription and non-prescription medications
    • All RX and most over-the-counter are exempt
  • Baby food and formula

For more information about the 2019 Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, visit

The sales tax holiday on school supplies will run from Aug. 2 to Aug. 6 for things like clothes, notebooks, backpacks, and shoes.