MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Are you ready for hurricane season? It officially starts on Sunday, June 1st and Florida lawmakers have made storm preparation more affordable with a sales-tax holiday on storm supplies.

The government approved holiday that temporarily lifts the sales tax on items like first aid kits, weather radios and generators runs from Saturday, May 31st – June 8th 2014.

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The tax holiday was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott during this year’s legislative session. State emergency management officials are asking residents to take the opportunity to purchase supplies needed to build an emergency supply kit.

The specific items included in the Sales Tax Holiday include:

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  • 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


You can also get help creating your emergency storm plan by downloading the CBS4 Hurricane Guide.


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