Tax-Free Hurricane Supply Weekend Begins Today

By  //  May 31, 2014

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Sales Tax Holiday Continues Through June 8

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TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Hurricane season officially begins Sunday, June 1st, but the hurricane supply sales tax holiday begins Saturday, May 31st and continues through June 8, 2014.

Rick Scott
Rick Scott

“Starting tomorrow, Florida’s families will have a great opportunity to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. During the nine day hurricane supply sales tax holiday, families will be able to purchase items that help prepare for hurricanes, flooding, and other severe storms, such as flashlights, batteries, weather radios, and other essential items.

With hurricane season beginning June 1, now is the time for families to gather hurricane supplies and develop an emergency plan. Florida’s first responders and emergency officials are the best trained in the world, but it’s no substitute for being prepared. To get tips on how you can protect your family by developing your own emergency plan, visit”

Hurricane KitThe specific items included in the sales tax holiday include:

  • A portable self-powered light source selling for $20 or less
  • A portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio selling for $50 or less
  • A tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting selling for $50 or less
  • A self-contained first-aid kit selling for $30 or less
  • A ground anchor system or tie-down kit selling for $50 or less
  • A gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $25 or less
  • A package of AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, selling for $30 or less
  • A nonelectric food storage cooler selling for $30 or less
  • A portable generator that is used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage selling for $750 or less
  • Reusable ice selling for $10 or less