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New Disaster Prep Items Added to Florida Sales Tax Holiday List

TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News at 10) - Hurricane season is here and Tampa Bay officials are breaking down what you need to know. This year's disasters preparedness sales tax holiday is kicking off tomorrow with some new items you can benefit from on that list.

Beginning Saturday and running through June 10th, the Florida sales tax holiday period means certain disaster preparedness items are exempt from sales tax.

And for the first time ever – the state is including several *new items on that list!!

"We've got smoke detectors, smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide detectors, which are very important, especially if you're going to be using a generator," said Emergency Management Director Cathie Perkins. She says the county responds to many fatal post-disaster carbon monoxide leaks. "The other thing we're seeing this year are pet items."

Starting from the top I asked Perkins what the five most recommended items are in a hurricane kit.

"Either bottled water or clean bottles to be able to put tap water in. the next would be making sure that you have a means for communication."

Your cell phone along with a battery back-up or solar charger you can attach!

"You can download all your contacts, you can take pictures of your important documents. You can have your plan in there. You can have our Ready Pinellas app in there."

Next up is prescription medication and non-perishable foods!

"And if you're going to buy canned goods make sure you have a manual can opener to open them."

And lastly important documents!

"Like their I.D., copies of their insurance policies, birth certificates, social security cards."

And some items are often packed – but prove to be less useful than we think, like tape and still, perishables.

"They buy bread and that can go moldy very quickly. The other thing is making sure you buy foods that people in your family enjoy."

Pinellas County will host a free hurricane preparedness day event on Saturday, June 4, to provide residents with info and resources.

Click here for the full detailed list of items tax exempt this year through June 10th.

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