Florida Hosts Sales Tax Holiday for Disaster Preparedness

TAX-FREE Holiday Begins on May 28.

Us Floridians When the Winds Start Blowing. LOL

Attention, my Florida friends, you know what season it is! From June 1 - November 30 it is officially hurricane season for not only Floridians but our neighboring states along the coastal U.S.

So, start assembling or refreshing those disaster preparedness kits and take advantage of a special incentive!

Starting this weekend, May 28 - June 10, 2022, the State of Florida is hosting a TAX-FREE HOLIDAY for specific disaster preparedness items, which means you can purchase specific supplies, tax-free.

Here is a list of the items:

AND, if you are just assembling your kit for the first time, or need a refresher of what to include in your Disaster Preparedness Kit - which is good to have year round anyway - below is a list of recommended items.

Assemble your kit and store items in airtight plastic bags. Place your entire disaster supplies kit in easy-to-carry containers such as air-tight plastic bins or a water-proof duffel bag (due to heavy rains and/or flooding). You can find the duffel bags in the camping or boating section of your local Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, or Sporting Goods store. You are likely going to need 2-3 larger bins.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)

  • Food (at least a several-day supply of non-perishable food)

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert

  • Flashlight

  • 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 charger

  • Masks (for everyone ages 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces

  • Prescription medications. About half of all Americans take a prescription medicine every day. An emergency can make it difficult for them to refill their prescription or to find an open pharmacy. Organize and protect your prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, and vitamins to prepare for an emergency.

  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives

  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution

  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream

  • Pet food and extra water for your pet

  • Cash or traveler's checks in case ATMs and Banks are shut down

  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, birth certificates, passports, and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container

  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person

  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes

  • Fire extinguisher

  • Matches in a waterproof container

  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items

  • Toilet paper

  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils

  • Paper and pencil

  • Poster board and large permanent markers (to write on if you need help)

  • Ax, chain saw, or other tools for cutting in case there are fallen trees or structures preventing your rescue or creating a safety issue.

  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

  • Battery-operated or rechargeable fan - often hurricanes leave and the heat sets in

  • Portable battery packs - for recharging small items - reserve for cell phones or small medical devices that require recharging.

  • Electrolyte packets - that can be mixed with water to help restore hydration

  • Gas for portable generators - check to ensure the generator starts and is ready to go when needed

For more information: https://www.floridadisaster.org/hazards/hurricanes/

Stay safe, my friends, and prepared for the worst, while we pray for protection against any natural disasters.


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