Virginia hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday ends Saturday

(WJLA) - Virginians hoping to stock up on hurricane supplies are in luck: the statewide Virginia Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is now underway.

The annual tax-free event, which is part of Hurricane Preparedness Week and coincides with National Hurricane Preparedness Week, started on Sunday and ends on May 31.

Items such as batteries, flashlights, battery-powered radios, bottled water, cell phone chargers are tax-exempt all week long. Additionally, portable generators and generator power cords for $1,000 or less are also tax free. This year, gas-powered chainsaws for $350 or less and chainsaw accessories for $60 or less are also exempt.

The event is intended to encourage residents to buy emergency equipment and supplies, according to a news release from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. All individuals and families should have an emergency kit of supplies on hand with three days’ of bottled water and non-perishable food; a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio with extra batteries to hear emergency information, the release further states.

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