DAYTONA BEACH – With the hurricane season officially set to begin June 1, Floridians are encouraged to stock up on emergency supplies when the annual disaster preparedness sales tax begins on Friday.
The 10-day sales tax exemption on certain emergency supplies ends on Sunday. June 6.
Hardware stores in the Daytona Beach area say they’re ready, but don’t expect a massive influx of shoppers during the sales tax holidays.
âWe’re probably as well stocked as we can get,â said Mark Madden, owner of Madden’s Ace Hardware stores in Holly Hill, Daytona Beach Shores and South Daytona. “It has been very difficult to get inventory since the start of the pandemic, but we have generators in stock and a fair amount of other items that people might need like flashlights and batteries.”
Madden said in his 31 years in business, âIn my experience, most people wait until the last minute. can also eliminate the need to stand in long lines (when a real hurricane is approaching) if you are prepared in advance. “
OFF TO START EARLY: The first named storm of 2021 has already occurred
NOAA FORECAST: This year could see up to 20 named storms in the Atlantic
Above normal hurricane season forecast
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a 60% chance of an above normal hurricane season in the Atlantic and only a 10% chance that it will be a below normal season. That said, “experts do not anticipate the historic level of storm activity seen in 2020,” according to a press release from NOAA.
Last year saw a record 30 named storms in the Atlantic, 12 of which made landfall in the continental United States. These storms included 13 hurricanes of which six were major with winds of 111 mph or more.
The most likely scenario, according to the federal agency, is that there are 13 to 20 named storms with winds of 39 mph or more. Of these, six to ten could become hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or more.
The hurricane season in the Atlantic runs from June 1 to November 30.
“Now is the time for communities along the coastline as well as inland to prepare for the dangers that hurricanes can pose,” US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said in the press release. NOAA.
Ben Friedman, Acting Director of NOAA, reminds those who live in coastal communities that âwhile NOAA scientists don’t expect this season to be as busy as last year, it is enough to ‘a storm to devastate a community’.
The sales tax holiday does not encourage hoarding. The Florida Department of Revenue has set maximum spending limits for items covered by the waiver.
What qualifies for sales tax relief
Here is an overview of the items to which the sales tax exemption applies as well as the maximum spending limits:
Reusable ice packs, $ 20 or less.
Any portable, self-powered light source like candles, flashlights, and lanterns, $ 40 or less.
Any gas or diesel container, including propane and kerosene containers, $ 50 or less.
Batteries, including rechargeable, in the following sizes: AA battery, AAA battery, C battery, D battery, 6 volts and 9 volts, $ 50 or less.
Two-way and weather band radios, including battery-powered, solar, or hand-cranked ones, $ 50 or less.
Coolers and non-electric coolers for food storage, $ 60 or less.
Portable power banks, $ 60 or less.
Bungee cords, ground anchor systems, ratchet straps, tarps, tie-down kits, Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop sheets and other flexible waterproof tarps, $ 100 or less.
Portable generators used to provide light or communications or to conserve food in the event of a power failure, $ 1,000 or less.
Items that are still exempt from state sales tax include unflavored and non-carbonated bottled water, canned foods, first aid kits, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and health foods and formulas. babies and feminine hygiene products.
For more information, visit floridarevenue.com/disasterprep.