HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS SALES TAX HOLIDAY
June 1 - June 12, 2007
On April 30th Governor Christ signed HB211 establishing a sales tax holiday for Florida on hurricane preparedness items and emergency management officials support this preparedness effort as an excellent opportunity to stock up on disaster-supply items and save money. Florida Division of Emergency Management Craig Fugate, "Experts predict that we will have an active hurricane season and this is an excellent opportunity to stock up on disaster-supply items and save money". Fugate also urged residents to use the time before the tax holiday to update their disaster plans. To "GET A PLAN," residents can go to www.FloridaDisaster.org and build a custom personal or business disaster plan. "It's a simple two-step process. Get a plan, then use that plan to update your disaster kits and emergency supplies beginning June 1," said Fugate.
Titusville's Emergency Manager Scott Gaenicke urged Titusville residents to take advantage of the tax savings. "Hurricane season begins in less than thirty days and from indications and predictions, 2007 will be a more robust year for tropical activity, especially along the Atlantic Coast. Considering the far-reaching effects left by the hurricane seasons of 2004, 2005 and 2006, we all are aware of the need to prepare adequately for the protection of our families and our homes. Our State Emergency Management office has developed simple but comprehensive hurricane preparedness guides for our citizens, ranging from recommended supply lists, to family emergency plans, to hurricane hardening our homes. I urge our citizens to begin their preparations now, in advance of hurricane season that begins on June 1, and take advantage of the money they can save on purchasing vital supplies."
For more information on the 2007 season and disaster preparedness, and the qualifying items for the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, please visit the State's site at www.Floridadisaster.org