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Storm Preparation: Alachua County Tax Free Disaster Supplies Week

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

Disaster Preparedness Tax Holiday Items graphic (image credit: Alachua County) Take advantage of Alachua County's tax exempt disaster supplies week to prepare for hurricane season!

Hurricane season starts next week and now is the time to gather your supplies. Stocking up now can help you deal with heavy rains and potential power outages that are so common during the summer - plus you can save money by taking advantage of the tax free disaster preparedness holiday!

From May 28th to June 6th, Gainesville area residents can purchase the following disaster preparedness items that will be tax exempt:

$20 or less:

  • Reusable ice packs

$40 or less:

  • Portable, self-powered light sources (candles, flashlights, lanterns). From a fire safety perspective, we suggest flashlights and lanterns over flammable candles.

$50 or less:

  • Any gas or diesel fuel container
  • Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, these sizes only:
    • AA-cell
    • AAA-cell
    • C-cell
    • D-cell
    • 6-volt
    • 9-volt
  • Two-way or weather band radios (powered by battery, solar, or hand-crank)

$60 or less:

  • Coolers & ice chests (non-electrical)
  • Portable power bank

$100 or less:

  • Bungee cords
  • Ground anchor systems
  • Ratchet straps
  • Tie-down kits
  • Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting

$1000 or less:

  • Portable generators used to provide light or communications or to preserve food in a power outage 

Always exempt, and you will want to have on hand in case of disaster:

  • Bottle water (unflavored, uncarbonated)
  • Canned food and nonperishable food items
  • First aid kits
  • Prescription and nonprescription medication
  • Baby food and formula
  • Feminine hygiene products

For detailed information, check out our blog post on building your emergency supplies kit. The rest of our hurricane preparedness week blog series will help you get your home and commercial property ready.

When it comes to natural disasters, sometimes damage and destruction still occurs no matter how prepared you are, and SERVPRO will be ready to help! 

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