Not too much on the agenda this weekend, right? Well, in between the pool party, backyard grill-fest and quality time at the beach it’s also the start of Florida’s Disaster Preparedness 2021 Sales Tax Holiday which gets underway on Friday and runs through Sunday, June 6th. So maybe while you have your feet up this weekend, work on the shopping list because you can save some serious bucks and be ready for what is predicted to be a very busy hurricane season.
So what will you save on? The list from the Florida Department of Revenue includes big ticket items like portable generators at $1,000 or less, but there are plenty of other items that cost less to add. Things like bottled water (unflavored, uncarbonated), canned food, including meats, vegetables, fruits, peanut butter and other nonperishable items, as well as first aid kits, prescription and nonprescription medications (all Rx and most over-the counter are exempt) Baby food and formulas are always exempt.
Also exempt are any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene container and please be careful when storing any combustibles. But double check those batteries to make sure they’re fresh and that does include rechargeable batteries, listed sizes only: AA-cell AAA-cell C-cell D-cell 6-volt 9-volt. To stay in touch with the Dove make sure you have those battery powered radios, or even the solar and hand-crank type, and double check to make sure you have a radio with the two-way weather band.
There are many other items on the list which you can check out here. It won’t take much time to make sure you and your family are safe in any disaster situation in advance. Panic buying just isn’t what we should do, so stock up now and stay safe from the storm. I’ve covered hurricanes and tropical storms both here in the Dove Studios and at the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center and have seen first hand the difference between being prepared and being caught off guard. The Dove Hurricane Guide has plenty of helpful information on storm preparations and advice from our weather partners at 10 Tampa Bay.
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