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Save Money During Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week

No sales tax through Sunday on useful products for emergencies.

June 1 is the beginning of hurricane season. Patch archive photo.
June 1 is the beginning of hurricane season. Patch archive photo.

Northern Virginia 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 Sunday – Gov. Terry McAuliffe has recognized May 25-31 as Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week across Virginia. Virginia offers an annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday every May 25-31 that provides people with an opportunity to buy emergency equipment and supplies tax-free.

“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.

Fairfax County 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
  • flashlights and extra batteries, 
  • a first-aid kit and 
  • an extra supply of prescription medicines
You can save money this week by not paying sales tax on many useful products that cost up to $60 or on generators costing $1,000 or less - a savings of 5 percent.

For more on the sales tax holiday, including a list of tax-exempt items, see www.vaemergency.gov.

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