Hurricane Season Tax-Free Holiday is June 1 – 7, 2018

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a forecast for a slightly above-average hurricane season:

10-16 named storms, 5-9 of them at hurricane status.

According to Mark Wool, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Tallahassee office: “You want to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours. You want to have non-perishable food items, batteries, battery-operated flashlights and radios. You want to make sure you’ve got a first-aid kit (and) enough prescription medications to get through the event. Some of the most likely outcomes in these things, especially around here, is a power outage that can last a substantial amount of time.”


Items Floridians can buy this week without paying sales tax:

o Portable self-powered light sources for $20 or less
o Portable self-powered radios, 2-way radios, or weather band radios for $50 or less
o Tarps or other waterproof sheeting for $50 or less
o Ground anchor systems or tie-down kits for $50 or less
o Gas or diesel fuel tanks for $25 or less
o Packages of batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, at $30 or less
o Coolers that cost $30 or less
o Reusable ice packs that cost $10 or less
o Portable generators that cost $750 or less

News Service of Florida contributed to this report. More tax-free information is available on the Florida Department of Revenue’s website: