The sales tax holiday begins May 29 and extends through June 4.

It's May in Florida and that can only mean one thing: it's time to start preparing for the 2020 hurricane season.


To help residents get ready for a storm, the 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis.


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The sales tax holiday begins May 29 and extends through June 4.


During the sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax.


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Here's a list of items that qualify this year for the sales tax exemption:


Qualifying items:


– Selling for $10 or less: Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)


– Selling for $20 or less: Any portable, self-powered light source (powered by battery, solar, hand crank, or gas): candles, flashlights, lanterns


– Selling for $25 or less: Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers


– -Selling for $30 or less: Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, listed sizes only (excluding automobile and boat batteries): AAA, AA, C, D, 6-volt, 9-volt; coolers and ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical)


Selling for $50 or less: Bungee cords; ground anchor systems; radios (powered by battery, solar, or hand crank), two-way or weather band; ratchet straps; tarpaulins (tarps), tie-down kits; visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths and other flexible waterproof sheeting


– Selling for $750 or less: Portable generators used to provide light or communications, or to preserve food in the event of a power outage


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Basic disaster supplies kit


A basic emergency supply kit for your home should include not only enough supplies to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath.


Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of three days. Electricity and water could be out for at least that long.


You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights. You may need a portable crank or solar-powered USB charger for your cell phones.


Here's a suggested list of supplies you should have on hand:


– One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation


– Food, at least enough for three to seven days, including: non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices, food for infants and the elderly, snack food, vitamins, paper plates and plastic utensils.


– Battery-powered or hand crank radio


– Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger


– Flashlight and extra batteries


– First-aid kit, plus medicines and prescription drugs


– Whistle to signal for help


– Toiletries, including hygiene items, moisture wipes, sanitizer


– Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation


– Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities


– Manual can opener


– Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)


– Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place


– Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container


– Cash and change


– Pet care items, proper identification, immunization records, ample food and water, medicine, a carrier or cage and leash.


– Red Cross suggested emergency supply list


– Store important documents in a fire and waterproof container, including


– Insurance papers


– Medical records


– Bank account numbers


– Social Security cards


– Deeds or mortgages


– Birth and marriage certificates


– Stocks and bonds


– Recent tax returns


– Wills


Sources: Fema.gov, National Weather Service