Volume 4 Number 22
June 1, 2007


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.