Prepare now during sales tax holiday

HOLT, Fla., May 31, 2022—Now is the time to stock up on hurricane supplies.

Florida’s 2022 disaster preparedness sales tax holiday is in full swing through June 10.

This 14-day tax holiday gives Floridians the opportunity to prepare for hurricane season by saving money on disaster preparedness items such as flashlights, batteries, radios, tarps, fire extinguishers and portable generators tax free.

This year, household pet supplies such as pet food, leashes, collars, beds and portable kennels are included in the list of eligible tax-free items.

“Preparing for hurricanes and other natural disasters can be costly, especially with ongoing inflation continuing to impact our nation,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis. “This year, the disaster preparedness sales tax holiday has been extended to a full two weeks to ensure Floridians are receiving the maximum amount of savings and have enough time to prepare for hurricane season.”

Floridians are encouraged to keep a fully stocked disaster supply kit with at least seven days of supplies for each family member, including pets.

Qualifying disaster preparedness supplies include:

  • Pet leashes, collars, muzzles and pads costing $20 or less
  • Flashlights, lanterns and pet beds costing $40 or less
  • Batteries and weather radios costing $50 or less
  • Smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers costing $70 or less
  • Tarps and portable pet kennels costing $100 or less
  • Generators costing $1,000 or less

The sales tax holiday does not apply to rental or repair of any of the qualifying items. It also does not apply to sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.

In addition to the sales tax holiday, Floridians are encouraged to pick up extra nonperishable items during grocery trips, such as canned fruits and vegetables, that can be included in their disaster supply kit to avoid last-minute crowds and shortages prior to a storm.

Download a disaster supply kit checklist to help identify needed preparedness items at FloridaDisaster.org/Kit.

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