Hurricane Preparedness Tax Free Holiday 2014

Nassau County, Florida, has new evacuation zones effective for the 2014 Hurricane Season.

Hurricane Preparedness Tax Free Holiday 2014

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Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday continues through June 8, 2014. During the holiday, qualifying items related to hurricane preparedness are exempt from sales tax. The holiday begian at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014, and will end at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, 2014.

This tax free Florida holiday is lined up with the beginning of Hurricane Season, which begins on June 1st and lasts until November 30th each year.

Remember, when severe weather watches and warnings are issued, a “watch” means conditions are favorable for inclement weather and a “warning” means conditions are conducive for development or are expected within the warning’s geographical area.

New this year for Nassau County, Florida, are new evacuation zones effective for the 2014 Hurricane Season.

    The new evacuation zones are based on storm surge, which is water that is pushed toward the shore by the hurricane force of winds. Advancing surge, combined with normal tides, create hurricane storm tide. This can increase water levels fifteen (15) feet or more. Storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane.
Nassau County Florida evacuation zones

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If you live on Amelia Island, it is important to realize though there are two ways on and off of the island, Hecksher Drive will be controlled and leaving the Shave Bridge as the main access point. Because the bridge could be damaged or destroyed, Baptist Medical Center will be evacuated during an “A” evacuation – actually, the entire island falls under the “A” evacuation zone.

So, while you are preparing for the 2014 Hurricane Season, it is a good idea to replenish items in your hurricane kit and the following items qualify for the Tax Free Holiday:

Selling for $10 or less:
• Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)

Selling for $20 or less:
• Any portable self-powered light source
• Battery-powered flashlights
• Battery-powered lanterns
• Gas-powered lanterns (including propane, kerosene, lamp oil, or similar fuel)
• Tiki-type torches
• Candles

Selling for $25 or less:
• Any gas or diesel fuel container (including LP gas and kerosene containers)

Selling for $30 or less:
• Batteries, including rechargeable batteries and excluding automobile and boat batteries (listed sizes only)
• AA-cell
• C-cell
• D-cell
• 6-volt
• 9-volt
• Coolers (food-storage; nonelectrical)
• Ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical)
• Self-contained first-aid kit (already tax-exempt)

Selling for $50 or less:
• Tarpaulins (tarps)
• Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting
• Ground anchor systems
• Tie-down kits
• Bungee cords
• Ratchet straps
• Radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
• Two-way radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
• Weather band radios (self-powered or battery-powered)

Selling for $750 or less:
• Portable generators that will be used to provide light, communications, or to preserve food in the event of a power outage

Note: Eligible battery-powered or gas-powered light sources and portable self-powered radios qualify for the exemption even though they may have electrical cords.

The following is a short video from the National Hurricane Center, “Overview of a Hurricane.”

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