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Tax Free Hurricane Supply Shopping

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June 1st is the official start for the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season. If you haven't already, now is the time to get prepared.  Getting prepared and gathering supplies is an easy task to put off, but there's now an added incentive to get it done. From May 31st through June 8th, you can buy certain hurricane supplies tax free across the state of Florida.
Here's the full list of qualifying items.
Selling for $10 or less:
• Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)
Selling for $20 or less:
• Any portable self-powered light source    
• Battery-powered flashlights
• Battery-powered lanterns
• Gas-powered lanterns (including propane, kerosene, lamp oil, or similar fuel)
• Tiki-type torches
• Candles
Selling for $25 or less:
• Any gas or diesel fuel container (including LP gas and kerosene containers)
Selling for $30 or less:
• Batteries, including rechargeable batteries and excluding automobile and boat    batteries (listed sizes only)
• AA-cell
• C-cell
• D-cell
• 6-volt
• 9-volt
• Coolers (food-storage; nonelectrical)
• Ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical)
• Self-contained first-aid kit (already    tax-exempt)
Selling for $50 or less:
• Tarpaulins (tarps)
• Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting
• Ground anchor systems
• Tie-down kits
• Bungee cords    
• Ratchet straps
• Radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
• Two-way radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
• Weather band radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
Selling for $750 or less:
• Portable generators that will be used    to provide light, communications, or to    preserve food in the event of a power outage
In addition to gathering supplies, one of the most important aspects of hurricane preparedness, espcecially for those lespecially the coast, is knowing whether or not you live in an evacuation zone so that you know how to respond when an evacuation order is given.  To find out your evacuation zone, visit: