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TAMPA, Fla. -- The 2018 hurricane season got off to an early start. Subtropical Storm Alberto made landfall in the Florida panhandle during the Memorial Day weekend.

Now is the time to make sure you are prepared for storm season. You can get essential supplies for a little cheaper during Florida's 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.

Through midnight on Thursday, June 7, all hurricane supplies will be tax-free in the State of Florida. This means you will not be charged sales tax for the following items bought in stores and online:

$10 or less:

  • Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)

$20 or less:

  • Portable self-powered light source powered by battery, solar, hand-crank, or gas (includes candles, flashlights and lanterns)

$25 or less:

  • Gas or diesel fuel container (includes LP gas and kerosene containers)

$30 or less:

  • Batteries (AAA-cell, AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, 9-volt) including rechargeable batteries
  • Coolers and ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical)

$50 or less:

  • Bungee cords
  • Ground anchor systems
  • Two-way or weather band radios (powered by battery, solar, or handcrank)
  • Ratchet straps
  • Tarpaulins (tarps)
  • Tie-down kits
  • Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting

$750 or less:

  • Portable generators (used to provide light, communications or to preserve food in the event of a power outage)

Emergency Management officials say you have be prepared to survive a hurricane on your own for the first 72 hours after a storm hits.

They strongly suggest your disaster survival kit contain the following: food, water (at least three gallons per person), blankets and pillows, cash, cell phone chargers, clothing, first aid kit, flashlight and batteries, keys, mosquito spray, a battery-operated NOAA weather radio, toiletries, toys, tools, important documents and pet care items.

2018-06-05 14:49:39