No sales tax for ten days on hurricane/disaster supplies, starting May 28

Escambia County is encouraging residents to participate in Florida’s 10-day Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, May 28 through June 6.

The Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday was created to incentivize preparedness before hurricane and tropical storm season. Hurricane season begins June 1 and continues through November.

Floridians can expect being able to purchase the following items without paying sales tax:

  • Reusable ice packs ($10 or less)
  • Candles, flashlights and lanterns ($20 or less)
  • Gas or diesel fuel containers ($25 or less)
  • Batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries ($30 or less)
  • Radios powered by battery, solar, or handcrank
  • Tarps
  • Tie-down kits
  • Portable generators ($750 or less)

For more information and a list of qualifying items, visit House Bill 7061 was signed into law Friday, May 21.

To read more on HB7061, Florida’s Tax Cut Package, visit Governor DeSantis Signs Florida’s Tax Cut Package (

To learn more about disaster preparedness, visit Escambia County to Kick Off Hurricane Preparedness Week May 9 (