Governor Urges Virginians to Prepare for Hurricane Season

May 22, 2014

Hurricane season is around the corner, and in order to prepare, Governor Terry McAuliffe has recognized next week as Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week.

“As another hurricane seasons brings the risk of loss of life and property to Virginia, it is critical that we prepare to keep ourselves and our communities safe,” said Gov. McAuliffe. “As we saw in years past storms like Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, these storms can result in tragic deaths and tremendous damage to homes and businesses.”

The state offers an annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday every May 25th through the 31st.

Officials say individuals and families should have an emergency kit of supplies, starting 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. Other items to include are flashlights and extra batteries, a first aid kit and an extra supply of prescription medicines.

The sales tax holiday provides people with an opportunity to buy emergency equipment and supplies tax-free. All Virginia retailers participate in the holiday.

Click on either link on the side to learn more about the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.

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