Volume 4 Number 22
June 1, 2007

CFO SINK ANNOUNCES HURRICANE 2007 WEB PAGE IN AN EFFORT TO PREPARE FLORIDIANS FOR HURRICANE SEASON

Today is the first day of the 2007 hurricane season, and we have put together some tips to help you be prepared along with a list of the items that are tax exempt through June 12, 2007.

Be Prepared:

Develop an emergency communication plan.

  • In case family members are separated from one another during a disaster (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), have a plan for getting back together.
  • Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the family contact. After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance.
  • Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address, and phone number of the contact person.

    Create a hurricane supply kit which includes:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Emergency food and water - enough to last 3-7 days
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Essential medicine
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Sturdy shoes  
     
  • Make sure that you have wood/shutters pre-cut and ready to mount to your windows in the event of a storm.
  • Test your generator and make any necessary repairs.
  • Have an evacuation plan and make sure that your friends and family know the plan.
  • Make arrangements for pets.
     
  • If a hurricane approaches, STAY INFORMED!

    Tax Free Purchases:
  • Any portable self-powered light source selling for $20 or less
  • Any portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather-band radio selling for $75 or less
  • Any tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting selling for $50 or less
  • Any item sold as, or generally advertised as, a ground anchor system or tie-down kit selling for $50 or less
  • Any gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $25 or less
  • Any package of AAA-cell, AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, selling for $30 or less
  • Any cell phone battery selling for $60 or less and any cell phone charger selling for $40 or less
  • Any non-electric food storage cooler selling for $30 or less
  • Any portable generator used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage selling for $1,000 or less
  • Any storm shutter device selling for $200 or less
  • Any carbon monoxide detector selling for $75 or less
  • Any re-usable ice product selling for $10 or less
  • Any single product consisting of two or more of the items listed above selling for $75 or less.

This law does not apply to sales within an airport, within a public lodging establishment, or within a theme park or entertainment complex.