“You’ll have the opportunity to get pretty much whatever you need. It is very important to do so,” says James Miller, the Florida Retail Federation’s external affairs director. “Make sure you have your disaster preparedness and emergency kits ready to go, because we ultimately will have a storm at some point.”
The discounted items will likely coincide with hurricane-season enticements from businesses, such as Lowes, Home Depot and Harbor Freight, that are already highlighting the arrival of the six-month 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which begins Saturday.
The discounted supplies are just part of what Floridians need to be prepared for any disaster, says Mark Wool, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tallahassee. “You need to be able to be self-sufficient, without the aid of anyone else, including EMS (emergency medical services), for three to five days,” Wool said. “We need a gallon of water per person and pet per day, non-perishable foods, flashlights, battery-powered radios, batteries for your flashlight, prescriptions, and make sure your gas tank is full.”
Items eligible for the May 31-June 6 tax break
- Reusable ice that costs $10 or less
- Self-powered light sources, $20 or less
- Gas or diesel fuel tanks, $25 or less
- Nonelectric food storage coolers, $30 or less
- Packs of AA-cell, AAA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt or 9-volt batteries, $30 or less
- Self-powered radios, two-way radios or weather-band radios, $50 or less
- Tarpaulins or other flexible waterproof sheeting, $50 or less
- Tie-down kits, $50 or less
- Portable generators, $750 or less
The rental or repair of items doesn’t qualify for the exemption, and items sold at airports and theme parks aren’t included in the deal.
Sources: Florida Realtors, News Service of Florida, Tom Urban, Jim Turner
Crystal Coovert is a Florida-licensed Realtor® at Michael Saunders and Company in Punta Gorda, Florida. Crystal is a member of the Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte/North Port Realtors® Association and chairs the 2019 Leadership Academy; Florida Association of Realtors®; National Association of Realtors®; Women’s Council of Realtors and is Program Director; is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), a designation achieved by only a small percentage of Realtors® worldwide, as well as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA), Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR), and At Home With Diversity (AHWD).
Crystal can be reached by phone or text at 941-322-7133 or by email at CrystalCoovert@MichaelSaunders.com.