Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday
The Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday can help you save money on essential items.

As the Atlantic hurricane season kicks off, Florida residents have a chance to save money on essential supplies with the state’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. This year, there are two separate periods where you can purchase qualifying items tax-free:

  • June 1st to June 14th, 2024
  • August 24th to September 6th, 2024

This is a great opportunity to stock up on your emergency kit and ensure you’re prepared for any potential storms.

What can I buy during the Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday?

Eligible Items: During these periods, you can purchase a wide range of disaster preparedness supplies exempt from sales tax. This includes:

  • Generators: Power outages are common during storms, so having a generator can keep your lights on and essential appliances running.
  • Flashlights and batteries: A reliable source of light is crucial in the event of power loss.
  • Tarps and plastic sheeting: These can be used to protect your home from wind and rain damage.
  • First-aid kits: Be prepared to handle minor injuries in case of emergencies.
  • Non-perishable food and bottled water: Stock up on essentials to last you through a potential power outage or evacuation.
  • Pet supplies: Don’t forget about your furry friends! Food, water, carriers, and other pet essentials are also included.

It is important to note that the sales tax holiday does not apply to commercial purchases, theme parks, entertainment complexes, public lodging establishments, or airports.


The Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is not only a great time to stock up on various supplies for hurricane season, it is also another good reminder to prepare for any potential storms. As for some additional tips for hurricane preparedness, here a few to consider:

  • Develop a family emergency plan.
  • Assemble a disaster preparedness kit.
  • Stay informed about weather forecasts and warnings.
  • Know your evacuation routes and shelters.
  • Don’t forget about your pets!

To read our previous article about tips to prepare your home for a hurricane, click here.

Are you thinking about buying or selling real estate in the South Florida area? We can help! Contact Natasha at Live South Florida Realty, Inc. today! Also, be sure to download the free Florida Home Search app for your smartphone or tablet.

By natasha moore

REALTOR® with Live South Florida Realty, Inc.