It's the first day of hurricane season and day one of Florida's sales tax holiday. That means you won't have to pay any sales tax on hurricane preparedness items; it's expected to save Floridians millions.
Only the essentials will count as tax free. Florida Retail Federation officials and major retailers want to promote a culture of preparedness and they are ready for your business.
The sales tax holiday on certain hurricane and severe weather preparedness items runs through June 12.
The items covered include flashlights up to $20 and tarps under $50. Weather radios up to $75 will also be covered, as will gas cans or tanks, batteries, cell phone chargers, coolers and generators up to a thousand dollars.
The state began the sales tax holiday on hurricane preparedness supplies as a way to encourage Floridians to get ready for the hurricane season.
State emergency management officials say citizens have a civic duty to prepare for storms by stocking up on supplies and developing emergency plans.
For more information on hurricane preparedness and the tax holiday, click the link below, and don't forget to watch our hurricane special this Saturday.