2009 Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

May 22, 2009
OPA 108/09

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  • Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday from May 25 -31.
  • Tax exemptions apply to basic preparedness supplies costing less than $60 and portable generators up to $1,000.
  • 2009 Atlantic hurricane season is June 1- Nov. 30.

More Information 

Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will be held from Monday, May 25, through Sunday, May 31. During this period, certain emergency items designated by the Virginia Department of Taxation will be exempt from state and local sales and use taxes.    

Tax exemptions apply to hurricane preparedness items that cost less than $60. Examples of these items are batteries, food storage containers, first-aid kits, flashlights and bottled water. Tax exemptions also apply to portable generators that cost up to $1,000 and include generators, inverters and both generator and inverter cables.

Residents are encouraged to use the sales tax holiday to save money on the purchase of emergency supplies, including a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio. “Take the opportunity to purchase one next week during Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday,” said Roy Shrout, deputy coordinator for the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management. “A NOAA weather radio is a great way to stay tuned in and informed, and an excellent addition to anyone’s all-hazard preparedness kit.”

The annual tax holiday continues through 2012. This year it coincides with National Hurricane Preparedness Week, which focuses on informing the public about hurricane hazards and measures that can be taken to prepare and minimize damage. The 2009 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.

Guidelines and rules about the sales tax holiday are online. For information on hurricane preparedness, visit or call the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management online; 571-350-1000, TTY 711.


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