Governor Announces Sales Tax Holiday for Emergency Supplies

Posted: May 25, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: May 24, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has recognized the week of May 23-29 as Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week to emphasize the importance of emergency preparation. He encourages every Virginia family to take action now to get ready for hurricane and flood season.

Individuals and families should have a family emergency plan and put together a kit of essential supplies, including at least a three-day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food, extra batteries and a battery-powered or hand-crank radio to hear emergency information.

Retailers have stocked up for the commonwealth’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, which runs May 25-31.

During those days, no sales tax will be charged on the purchase of many items that can be used to prepare homes and businesses for hurricane and flood season and to fill emergency supply kits. All Virginia retailers participate.

Batteries, flashlights, bottled water of all types and sizes, cell phone batteries, coolers, portable generators and many other useful items can be purchased with no sales tax added during the week.

Many retailers will post signs listing all the allowable items so that Virginians can get ready for hurricane season, which begins June 1. For a complete list, go to

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