Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week and Sales Tax Holiday Begin Today, May 25
Posted at 3 p.m.
Our community is at risk for the damaging effects of coastal and inland tropical storm systems and widespread flooding. To emphasize the importance of preparing for hurricane season — which starts June 1 — Gov. Terry McAuliffe has recognized May 25-31 as Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week across Virginia.
“As we saw in years past storms like Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, these storms can result in tragic deaths and tremendous damage to homes and businesses,” said McAuliffe.
Our emergency management officials encourage you to have an emergency kit of supplies, starting with three days’ of bottled water and non-perishable food; a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio with extra batteries to hear emergency information. Other items to include are flashlights and extra batteries, a first-aid kit and an extra supply of prescription medicines.
Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday
Also beginning today, May 25, through Saturday, May 31, the state is offering a Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. Shop during the sales tax holiday and you won’t pay sales tax on many supplies for protecting your home and business. Many useful items qualify (PDF). Shop for items that have a price of $60 or less, such as:
- Artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs, reusable ice.
- Batteries, excluding car or boat batteries.
- Portable self-powered light sources, including flashlights and lanterns and glow sticks.
- First-aid kits.
- Cellphone chargers.
- Weather Band radios and NOAA Weather Radios.
You can also shop for items that have a sales price of $1,000 or less, such as portable generators and generator power cords; inverters and inverter power cables.