Titusville's Emergency Manager Richard Talbert urges all residents to take advantage of Florida's second annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday in effective May 21 through June 1, 2006. During the period beginning 12:01 a.m., May 21 and ending at midnight June 1, 2006, the 2006 Florida Legislature enacted a tax-free period directing that no sales tax shall be collected on specific items related to hurricane preparedness, such as flashlights, portable and weather radios, waterproof sheeting, fuel containers, batteries, storm shutter devices, portable generators, etc.
"This provides Titusville residents with a great opportunity to not only gather their needed items, but to save money while doing so" remarked Chief Talbert. "It is also an excellent springboard for family communication and action for other aspects of hurricane preparedness such as preparing an evacuation plan, a family communication plan, home and shelter preparedness. June 1 is the start of the hurricane seasons for 2006 and all indications are that we will have another active hurricane season." As urged by Governor Bush, "all Floridians should adopt a culture of preparedness. Prepared citizens are better equipped to provide for the safety of their families, reduce damage to their homes and recover more quickly from a disaster."
The storms of 2005 provided many lessons, if we heed them. Just as local and state governments and the federal government underwent tragic lessons learned in the wakes of Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, citizens also learned it is critical that they individually be prepared to protect their families, for at least the first 72 hours after a storm hits.
For information on how to prepare your family for Florida's hurricane season and to learn more about which hurricane preparedness items are covered by the sales tax holiday, visit other areas within this website under Emergency Management or go to www.myflorida.com or www.FloridaDiaster.org .