Hampton Roads, Va. - Virginia's sales tax holiday on hurricane preparedness items begins May 25 and runs through May 31.
Items exempt from sales tax include batteries including cell phone batteries, flashlights and lanterns, bottled water of all types and sizes, first aid kits, coolers, NOAA Weather Radios, portable generators and many other useful items.
Virginians are at risk for the damaging effects of coastal and inland tropical storm systems and widespread flooding.
“It’s critical that every Virginian take hurricane season seriously and understand how they could be affected by flooding, high winds and tornadoes during this time of year,” said State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern. “Those who live along coastal areas also need to learn how storm surge could affect them so that they know what to do when tropical systems are approaching. Your safety and the safety of your loved ones depend on getting ready before a hurricane or tropical storm hits.”
“The prediction of a below normal hurricane season should not be taken to mean Virginia won't be impacted this year,” said Bill Sammler, NWS warning coordination meteorologist. “Let’s all remember that it only takes one storm to cause severe damage and even loss of life. Everyone should get ready now for this hurricane season.”
All Virginia retailers participate in the holiday.