Florida residents can save money as they prepare for the imminent hurricane season with a sales tax free holiday from May 31 to midnight June 6. Hurricane season in Florida is generally defined as the six months from June 1 through Nov. 30.

When Hurricane Michael hit last October, many were unprepared for the devastation wrought by the Category 5 storm. The hurricane brought 160-mph winds and a 14-foot storm surge, causing $25 billion in damage and killing 16 people.

For those who need to stock up on disaster supplies, the week-long exemption on sales taxes on hurricane supplies includes:

  • Portable self-powered light sources, like flashlights, selling for $20 or less
  • Portable self-powered radios, including two-way radios or weather-band radios, selling for $50 or less
  • Tarps, other waterproof sheets, ground anchors or ties, also for $50 or less
  • Gas or diesel fuel tanks that are sold for $25 or less
  • AA, AAA, C, D, 6-volt or 9-volt batteries sold for $30 or less (car and boat batteries are excluded)
  • Non-electric coolers up to $30
  • Portable generators sold for $750 or less
  • Reusable ice sold for $10 or less