Today is the first day of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. The good news is that the experts are predicting an “average” or “somewhat above average” season this year. The even better news is that you can shop for your hurricane preparedness supplies tax free this weekend!
The Florida Department of Revenue has announced that The 2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday has been passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. This sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, 2017.
During this sales tax holiday, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax.
What to Purchase During the Disaster Preparedness Tax Holiday
According to the Tax Information Publication (TIP), put out by the Department of Revenue, most, if not all, of the items you would consider for your hurricane supplies, from small ticket items such as: reusable ice packs, batteries, flashlights, fuel containers, and candles, to more expensive pieces of survival gear such as weather radios and generators, can all be purchased tax-free, during the period.
All Florida residents should have the following items available in their homes, an/or offices to be properly prepared for hurricane season. So, if you do not have them, this tax free weekend is a great time to obtain them. As you can see from the list, these are also many of the emergency supplies that you should have on board your vessel, so this is also a good time to restock any emergency preparedness supplies you need for your yacht.
When thinking about what items to purchase this weekend, FEMA recommends that every home have at least the following items to be prepared for hurricanes or any natural disasters.
FEMA recommends that a basic Home Preparedness Kit should include:
- Water – one gallon per person per day
- Food – ready to eat or requiring minimal water
- Manual can-opener and other cooking supplies
- Plates, utensils and other feeding supplies
- First Aid kit & instructions
- A copy of important documents & phone numbers
- Warm clothes and rain gear for each family member.
- Heavy work gloves
- Disposable camera
- Unscented liquid household bleach and an eyedropper for water purification
- Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer and soap
- Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife for covering broken windows
- Tools such as a crowbar, hammer & nails, staple gun, adjustable wrench and bungee cords.
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Large heavy duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket for waste and sanitation
- Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities. Don’t forget water and supplies for your pets.
In addition, FEMA and the Red Cross suggest that all homeowners have a “Go Bag,” a bag with all the items you would need to survive for 72 hours, should you need to evacuate, or shelter in place.
According to the American Red Cross the most basic Go Bag should include:
- Water—one gallon per person, per day (3day supply)
- Food—nonperishable, easytoprepare items (3day supply)
- Batterypowered or handcrank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7day supply) and medical items
- Multipurpose tool
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Map(s) of the area
According to FEMA, other items to consider for your Go Bag are:
- Dust mask
- Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes, and a warm hat
- Permanent marker, paper and tape
- Photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes
- List of emergency point-of -contact phone numbers
- List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food
- Copy of health insurance and identification cards
- Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items
- Extra keys to your house and vehicle
- Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities.
For more complete details on the Tax Free Holiday for Disaster Supplies, you can download the TIP, visit www.floridarevenue.com, or call Taxpayer Services at 800-352-3671, Monday through Friday.
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