Virginia's Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

BRISTOL, Va. - In order to encourage Virginians to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, the state of Virginia is offering a sales tax holiday on emergency supplies.

Consumers can purchase over 100 products without paying state sales tax. These products include batteries, bottled water, first-aid kits, food storage containers, generators and radios.

Generators must be priced at $1,000 or less, and other eligible items must be priced at $60 or less.

Shane Case, store manager of Lowe's in Bristol, Va says that the tax break is to help people prepare for severe weather.

"We're trying to get everyone a prepared emergency plan for when something like that happens," said Case. "The most you can do to prevent it, the better off you and your family will be at home."

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that it expects a near-normal or below-normal hurricane season this year.

For the six-month hurricane season, which begins June 1, NOAA predicts the Atlantic hurricane region will see three to six hurricanes, with only one or two major hurricanes.

Here is a list of a few tax exempt items:

These items must have a selling price of $60 or less, per item:

• Artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs and reusable ice.

• Batteries (excluding automobile and boat batteries), cell phone batteries are included.

• Any portable self-powered light source, including flashlights, lanterns and glow sticks.

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