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Florida’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is May 28-June 10, 2022

Well, this happened fast…the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season is here, beginning on June 1 and ending November 30, 2022. Whether you are new to the area or a seasoned resident, we know one thing for sure …preparedness is key.

Related: Florida’s 9 Sales Tax Holidays and Exemptions Heading Your Way in 2022

If you haven’t put together your hurricane kit yet, this is a great time to do it! The state of Florida is providing some financial relief for families with the return of the state’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday in 2022 which begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2022, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2022.

The sales tax holiday will provide you with sales tax breaks on qualifying items like flashlights and lanterns (selling for $40 or less), batteries (selling for $50 or less), and generators (selling for $1,000 or less). 

NEW in 2022: Sales tax exemptions on the first $70 of smoke detectors and alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers. Some items needed for household pets like will also be exempt, like leashes and collars that are $20 or less and pet beds that are $40 or less.

Read the complete list here from the Florida Department of Revenue to find out what qualifies.

This is a great time to get your kit together and come up with a family plan on how you’ll respond in the event of a hurricane or other disaster. We’ve all seen the news clips of empty store shelves in areas that find themselves in the path of a storm. Don’t wait for the last minute scramble.

“Every family should have an emergency plan and a disaster supply kit, and understand how they will receive alerts, how they will communicate, and where they will go if they have to evacuate,” Alberto Moscoso, Communications Director for the Florida Division of Emergency Management told us.

We asked him to share some tips to help you prepare your family for hurricane season:

  1. With your family, create an emergency plan that includes information about how you will receive emergency alerts and information, and how your family will communicate if there is an emergency.
  2. Make sure you are properly insured. Most homeowners insurance does not cover flooding, and flood insurance can take as long as 30 days to go into effect. Get the coverage you need BEFORE a disaster occurs.
  3. Know if you live in an evacuation zone, and where you will go if an evacuation is ordered for your area. Talk with friends and family now to plan to stay with them in the event of an evacuation order. Ensure there is room to socially distance if you must.
  4. Think about items you will need to take with you including important documents. Take photos to document your valuable items and things that may need to be replaced by insurance if a storm impacts your home.
  5. Utilize the planning tool at  www.FloridaDisaster.org/family to create your personalized family plan. 
  6. Create a disaster supply kit and review and update regularly. Basic supply kit items include:
  • Non-perishable food
  • Bottled water (one gallon per person per day for at least 3 days)
  • First-aid kit
  • Lanterns and/or flashlights
  • Extra batteries (including external batteries to charge your mobile phone!)
  • NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio to receive emergency alerts
  • You’ll also want to add pandemic related items: hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, cloth masks.

Each family’s supply kit may be a bit different. Think about your family and what items they may need if the power goes out – additional prescription medications, baby food or formula, food for a specific diet, or even a favorite game or toy to pass the time.

Learn more: www.floridadisaster.org 

More important links to prepare, find out if you live in a flood zone and locate evacuation routes and shelters:

Hillsborough County Emergency Management: Stay Safe  

Pinellas County Emergency Management 

Pasco County Emergency Management

Polk County Emergency Management 

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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