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Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins Friday

During this time period, qualifying items are exempt from sales tax.  (WJHG/WECP)
During this time period, qualifying items are exempt from sales tax. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: May. 29, 2020 at 8:29 PM CDT
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Hurricane season begins Monday but you can start saving on hurricane supplies Friday.

The Disaster Preparedness 2020 Sales Tax Holiday is May 29 through June 4. During this time period, qualifying items are exempt from sales tax.

Some of the exempt items include:

-Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)

-Flashlights

-Lanterns

-Candles

-Batteries, including rechargeable batteries

-Tarpaulins (tarps)

-Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting

-Bungee cords

-Radios (powered by battery, solar, or hand-crank)

-Any gas or diesel fuel container

Flagala Hardware general manager Matt Coleman warns people to not panic buy these items.

"You want to prepare all the time, just be prepared constantly, and keep replenishing and keeping everything fresh within your hurricane kit," Coleman said.

He also reminds people to make sure you have things for your immediate family in your house like prescriptions, fuel, and cash. Coleman recommends some items be prioritized over others.

"Number one is having a generator. [Make] sure it's been repaired and its maintenance has fresh fuel in it, it hasn't been sitting for a year. Start it up once a week and make sure everything is good," Coleman said.

Experts predicted an above-normal hurricane season this year. You can find these listed items at your local hardware or grocery stores.

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