ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - With the 2019 hurricane season quickly approaching, it is time to stock up on supplies.
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County says that they encourage communities to get prepared now for the 2019 hurricane season, which begins on Saturday. To help, they want to remind residents of Florida's 'Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.'
The Florida's Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday reportedly excludes certain disaster preparedness supplies from sales tax, such as candles, flashlights, batteries, bungee cords, radios, portable generators, and more. It runs from May 31st to June 6th. For a full list of qualifying items, see this Tax Information Publication on the holiday.
On Wednesday, Senator Rick Scott brought together first responders, the American Red Cross, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Housing of Urban Development to talk about the importance of hurricane preparedness.
“Follow the local news and get ready,” Senator Scott said. “Have a plan. Know where you’re going to meet your family. Take this seriously.”