Tax-free Shopping Week for Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and Virginia wants everyone to be prepared for the worst. Residents can prepare for hurricane and the flash flood season by taking advantage of the Virginia Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday May 25 through 31.

If you buy items such as batteries, food storage containers, generators, first aid kits, bottled water, radios and more between May 25 and 31, you won’t pay sales tax. The tax holiday applies to many useful products that cost up to $60 or on generators costing $1,000 or less. That’s a savings of 5 percent.

Many everyday items are tax exempt, including:

• Batteries, including cell phone batteries
• Battery-powered light sources, such as flashlights and lanterns
• Bottled water of all types and sizes, including flavored, carbonated and vitamin waters
• Battery-powered and/or hand-crank radios, including those with electrical power option
• Weather band radios and NOAA Weather Radios
• First aid kits
• Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
• Fire extinguishers
• Tarps, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, duct tape
• Water storage containers, including coolers, buckets, barrels, canteens
• Storm shutter devices
• Portable generators
Purchasing supplies is important, but those supplies should also be part of a family emergency plan. You can find out more about how to protect yourself and your family at Ready Virginia .