National Hurricane Preparedness Week

  • Sales Tax Holiday May 25-31
  • Stock up now and save
  • Portable generators tax-free

ARLINGTON, Va. – The cost of preparing your family for an emergency will drop the week of May 25-31, National Hurricane Preparedness Week.

All week, residents can buy up to $60 worth of preparedness items and pay no sales tax. This includes, among other emergency preparedness items:

  • flashlights
  • batteries
  • radios
  • cell phone chargers
  • duct tape
  • first aid kits
  • rope
  • bottled water
  • buckets
  • tarps
  • non-electric food storage coolers
  • smoke detectors
  • fuel containers

Portable generators under $1,000 also are so tax-free as well as gas-powered chainsaws costing $350.00 or less.

“It is so important to be prepared, to have a plan and to get involved early on before it's too late,” said Office of Emergency Management Director Jack Brown. “It is also exciting to see local government and the business community forming a partnership working together for a worthy cause.”

All Virginia retailers participate in the tax-free holiday, starting Sunday, May 25. For more on the sales tax holiday, including a full list of tax-exempt items, see

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