May 31, 2018 – The Florida Legislature approved a weeklong sales tax holiday for hurricane and emergency preparedness supplies beginning Friday, June 1, which is also the first day of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.
Forecasters are expecting a slightly busier-than-average season this year. Last year, Santa Fe College was closed for over a week as Hurricane Irma caused the evacuation of 6.5 million Floridians throughout the state. This year has already seen the formation of Subtropical Storm Alberto, which made landfall along the Florida panhandle Monday afternoon.
The sales tax holiday covers items ranging from reusable ice packs, flashlights and batteries, to gasoline cans and portable generators.
Emergency management officials suggest having at least a three-day supply of food and water in the aftermath of a hurricane.