2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County encourages the community to get prepared for hurricane season, and take advantage of the state’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday on certain disaster preparedness supplies.

The 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. This sales tax holiday begins Friday, June 1st,  and extends through Thursday, June 7th.

During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax. However, the sales tax holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of the qualifying items. Additionally, the sales tax holiday does not apply to sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.

For more information and a list of qualifying items, please see the Department of Revenue’s Taxpayer Information Publication on the 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. For your convenience, the Department has provided digital downloads and social media posts for individuals and businesses interested in sharing information about the sales tax holiday. Promotional materials are available at floridarevenue.com/disasterprep.


  1. We were looking for big flashlights that have a big square battery in them, that are relatively cheap, last week, and couldn’t find them, only the batteries, or the flashlights without the batteries. It is always cheaper to buy them with the battery already in them, but couldn’t find them. Like my husband says, why buy them separately, if you can buy them together, cheaper. We got a whole bunch, at home, that need batteries now. We will check it out again, and maybe they will have some, since it is hurricane tax-free days, but I doubt it….lol

  2. When Alberto passed us by, so to speak, and went into Panama City Beach, and when I saw the toddlers, young kids, and families playing out in that totally rough surf with the storm coming in, I couldn’t believe that they had not closed the beaches to the public for swimming!!! I told my husband, if that was Volusia County, I believe they would have already ordered people out of the water and closed the beach for swimming and flagged it! Not to mention, the stirred up turbulent sandy water, that causes the sharks to get confused, and to bite at what they think are food!


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