Time to prepare for Hurricane Season again during this week, June 1-7, 2018! Purchase supplies FREE of Sales Tax that might be needed or used during the Florida 2018 Hurricane Season. The official Hurricane Season starts today, June 1st, and ends on November 30, 2018.
Hurricane items, such as coolers, batteries, and flashlights, can be purchased without being charged sales tax during this Tax Holiday.
Florida Governor Rick Scott, is taking measures to ensure the delivery of fuel supplies so they are available if a hurricane comes to the state of Florida.
Plans are in place to allow the Florida Highway Patrol to escort fuel trucks to ensure fuel delivery during storms, as well as plans to reverse highways and allow cars to travel on roadway shoulders for faster evacuations.
Officials are urging residents to prepare early for hurricanes by purchasing supplies now, rather than waiting until a storm hits.
“We all saw how bad Irma was last year,” Scott said. “Hopefully this year, everyone will go out and get ready early.”
Local stores have agreed with suppliers to stock generators and other hurricane items if the demand requires it. During the tax-free holiday, several stores have stocked up on generators, flashlights, batteries, Yeti coolers, plywood, and other items. It is best to prepare early and locals can take advantage of the tax-free holiday to purchase items now instead of waiting until they are in high demand and short supply.
Officials are planning on ways to transport fuel more efficiently to the state and caution about stockpiling vast amounts of fuel.
“We want to make sure we have plenty of fuel along the evacuation routes, too,” Governor Scott said. “We’re talking to oil companies about that as well.”
Officials urge residents to make plans now if they need to evacuate, especially those who are in low lying areas, such as the barrier islands, or in mandatory evacuation zones. Residents opting to ride out any storms and not evacuate, should make preparations now and take advantage of the 5 day take free holiday to stock up on supplies.
Purchase your hurricane supplies tax-free June 1st – June 7th 2018.
What’s tax free for this special week
- Bottled water (unflavored, uncarbonated)
- Canned food, including meats, vegetable, fruits, peanut butter and other nonperishable items
- First aid kits
- Prescription and non-prescription medications
- Baby food and formulas
$750 or less:
- Portable generators used to provide light or communications, or to preserve food in the event of a power outage
$50 or less:
- 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)
$30 or less:
- Batteries, including rechargeable
- Coolers and ice chests
$25 or less:
- Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers
$20 or less:
- Flashlights, candles, lanterns
$10 or less:
- Reusable ice or ice packs
Map of Hurricane Supply Stores
Red = Walmart Super Center
Blue = Home Depot
Green = Lowes
Purple = Costco
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