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May 30, 2007

... From the Office of the Governor

Contact: Erin Isaac (850) 488-5394

Governor Crist Encourages Floridians to Prepare for Hurricane Season

~ Hurricane Sales Tax Holiday Begins June 1st ~

TALLAHASSEE — Governor Charlie Crist today encouraged all Floridians to make the final preparations necessary to keep their families, homes, businesses and communities safe during the 2007 Hurricane Season.

"The upcoming sales tax holiday is an important opportunity to double-check your disaster supply kit and to review your families disaster plan," said Governor Crist. "We are praying for a quiet summer and fall, but as the first day of hurricane season quickly approaches, it is essential for every Floridian to be prepared for the very real possibility of a storm or other natural disaster."

On April 30, 2007, Governor Crist signed into law House Bill 211 establishing a sales tax holiday from June 1 through June 12, 2007, for hurricane preparedness items. Below are a few examples of items that will be exempt during the sales tax holiday which begins on Friday.

  • Flashlights and other portable, self-powered light sources — $20 or less
  • Portable radios, two-way radios and weather-band radios — $75 or less
  • Tarps — $50 or less
  • Gas or diesel fuel containers — $25 or less
  • Batteries — $30 or less (AAA, AA, C and D cell, and 6 and 9 volt batteries)
  • Non-electrical food storage coolers — $30 or less
  • Portable generators — $1,000 or less
  • Carbon monoxide detectors — $75 or less
  • Storm shutter devices — $200 or less

Governor Crist also noted the importance of maintaining a supply of necessary prescription drugs along with special food for infants or elders. He encouraged Floridians to document all valuables and to consolidate important personal documents including, bank account numbers, Social Security cards and immunization records in a waterproof container

"Ensuring that you have medication stored properly now can prevent a critical health emergency during a disaster," said Governor Crist. "Additionally, while you may have already formed a plan to address your immediate needs following a storm, it is important to plan for recovery by organizing your personal documents."

The Governor stressed the importance of neighbors helping neighbors. He encouraged all Floridians to visit with their neighbors, particularly those with special needs, to help them prepare for hurricane season and to remind them to have a disaster plan.

"Selflessness, teamwork and a sense of community have helped Florida through natural disasters time and time again. Serving a cause bigger than yourself is what being a Floridian is all about," said Governor Crist. "During this time of preparation, I encourage all Floridians to check-in with friends, neighbors and local emergency management centers to find out how you can best help before, during and in the immediate aftermath of a storm."

For more information on the 2007 Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday or to find information on building a customized family or business disaster plan, please visit or

NOTE: Please see the Tax Information Publication (TIP) and the poster of tax-exempt items from the Department of Revenue regarding the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.