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Disaster preparation sales tax holiday begins Friday, May 29

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by: Julie Murphy Flagler County Public Information Officer

The official start of hurricane season will be here rapidly, and Flagler County officials are urging residents to prepare early by shopping locally and taking advantage of the upcoming Sales Tax Holiday.           

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation designating a 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday from Friday, May 29 through Thursday, June 4 — a full week.

During this sales tax holiday, items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax.       

“We ask residents to have a number of emergency supplies ready, and this is the perfect time to take a look at what you have and replenish or replace these items,” said Emergency Management Director Jonathan Lord. “Remember to test things like flashlights and replace outdated batteries.”

As with food, water and medications, officials recommend having seven days’ worth of supplies.

The qualifying list of items includes the following:

  • reusable ice packs
  • flashlights, lanterns and candles
  • fuel and kerosene containers
  • batteries (excluding automobile and boat)
  • coolers and ice chests
  • tarps
  • ground anchor systems
  • tie-downs, bungee cords
  • two-way and weather band radios that are powered by battery, solar or hand-crank
  • portable generators selling for less than $750 to be used for providing light, communications or to preserve food in the event of a power outage

“Another thing we would ask residents is to do now is to take a moment to sign up for special alert notifications at www.flaglercounty.org/alertflagler,” Lord said. “If you know someone with special needs – someone who requires electricity, refrigeration for medication, or oxygen – encourage them or register for evacuation assistance at www.flaglercounty.org/special_needs.”

Also remember to shop locally.

“Certainly we hope to be spared this year, but it is a good time to remind our residents to consider making their purchases within Flagler County,” said Economic Opportunity Manager Kat Friel. “Our businesses have been hit so hard already this year by COVID-19. We are just starting to regain strength. The more we continue to boost our businesses, the quicker they will rebound which will make our recovery less painful.”

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