Sales tax holiday under way for hurricane season


This year marks the 20th anniversary of the unprecedented 2004 hurricane season that saw four major hurricanes — Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne — make landfall within just weeks of each other, the most to hit a single state in one year.

With the start of a new hurricane season, FEMA and Florida Division of Emergency Management officials urge all Floridians to prepare themselves, their families and their property now.

Forecasts predict a very active season, with global weather patterns and historically high ocean temperatures creating enhanced conditions for tropical development.

“Preparation is key when it comes to hurricane season,” said Robert Samaan, FEMA Region 4 administrator. “We urge residents to take steps now, before a storm hits, to ensure their safety and the safety of their loved ones.”

Take advantage of the 2024 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday to stock up on disaster preparedness supplies — from pet supplies to portable generators — now through June 14 and again from Aug. 24 to Sept. 6.

For a list of eligible tax free items, go to