Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend, Aug. 3-5 … It’s the Perfect Time to Prepare for Emergencies

Virginia Sales Tax Holiday 2018

Posted at 2 p.m.

This weekend, Aug. 3-5, is Virginia’s three-day sales tax holiday that starts the first Friday in August at 12:01 a.m. and ends the following Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

During the sales tax holiday you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax. You can also purchase hurricane and emergency preparedness items without paying any sales tax! And that makes this weekend the perfect time to get prepared — or update your preparedness supplies.

Items to help prepare for and recover from all hazards, including hurricanes, floods and tornadoes include batteries, light sources, radios, miscellaneous items, chain saws, portable generators and Energy Star and WaterSense products.

Specific hurricane preparedness items priced $60 or less per item are eligible, as well as:

  • Portable generators – $1,000 or less per item.
  • Gas-powered chainsaws – $350 or less per item.
  • Chainsaw accessories – $60 or less per item.

Here’s the full list of qualifying hurricane preparedness items. And here’s a detailed list of the qualifying items and more information for retailers from the 2018 Combined Sales Tax Holiday Guidelines.

Emergency Supply Checklist

Once you’ve purchased your supplies, use this checklist (page 2) and guidance from our emergency management office to assemble your emergency supply kit.

Items to consider include:

  • Food and water — at least a three-day supply per person.
  • Pet food and supplies.
  • Infant formula, diapers, etc.
  • Medications for at least a week, a first-aid kit, medical equipment needs.
  • Tools and safety items, such as a flashlight (and extra batteries) and a multipurpose tool.
  • Protective clothing, sturdy shoes, blankets or sleeping bags, etc.
  • Emergency funds.
  • Hygiene and sanitation items, such as toothbrush and toothpaste, antibacterial soap, paper towels, toilet paper and towelettes.
  • Critical paperwork like your driver’s license, proof of residence, household inventory, precriptions or prescription labels.

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About Fairfax County Emergency Information

Official emergency information about preparedness, response and recovery from Fairfax County Government.