Gov. Ron DeSantis Urges Floridians To Take Advantage of Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday this Weel

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Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) are urging Florida residents and visitors to take advantage of the Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, which runs May 31-June 6, in preparation for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) are urging Florida residents and visitors to take advantage of the Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, which runs May 31-June 6, in preparation for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

On May 15, DeSantis signed CS/HB 7123: Taxation, officially approving the week-long Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.

During this one-week sales tax holiday, Floridians are estimated to save $5.5 million on critical supplies.

All Floridians are encouraged to have at least seven days of supplies to be prepared for the impact of any hurricane.

While on a business development mission to Israel before the start of Hurricane season, Governor DeSantis and FDEM Director Jared Moskowitz met with Israeli emergency management officials to discuss best practices and approaches to emergency services.

“After the devastation of Hurricane Michael and recent storms that have made landfall in Florida, my administration is leaving nothing to chance this hurricane season,” said Governor DeSantis.

“This tax holiday is a perfect opportunity for Floridians to get essential supplies and make a plan for the very real possibility of storm impact. I urge all Floridians to get prepared as we officially enter hurricane season.”

List of 2019 Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Names (NOAA Image)

“As Hurricane Season begins this weekend, I encourage all Florida residents and visitors to take advantage of the sales tax holiday that runs May 31-June 6 to stock up on critical supplies,” said FDEM Director Jared Moskowitz.

“While in the past we’ve encouraged Floridians to have 3 days of supplies, we have found after recent events that everyone should have at least 7 days of food, water and medicine.”

During the past three years, four hurricanes have made landfall in Florida, including Hurricane Michael, the first hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. as a Category 5 since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

While on a business development mission to Israel before the start of Hurricane season, Governor DeSantis and FDEM Director Jared Moskowitz met with Israeli emergency management officials to discuss best practices and approaches to emergency services.

The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins today, June 1, and all Floridians and visitors are encouraged to have a plan. If you do not have a plan and need help making one, please visit FloridaDisaster.org/GetAPlan

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Following the impact of a hurricane, residents may lose access to basic services, such as power and water, and be subject to limited or no access to essentials like food, drinking water and medicine.

With these situations in mind, all individuals and families are encouraged to stock up on essentials and build a disaster supply kit to last for a minimum of seven days.

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 which supplies are included in the Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, visit floridarevenue.com/DisasterPrep/

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