Hurricane supplies exempt from state sales tax this weekend

Staff reports

Louisianans can stock up on supplies for what is expected to be an above average hurricane season during a state sales tax holiday on Saturday and Sunday.

Hurricane season starts Wednesday, June 1, and runs through November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting anywhere from 12 to 18 named storms this season.

This weekend, specified emergency supplies will be exempt from the four percent state sales tax on the first $1,500 of purchases.

Sales tax-exempt such items include flashlights, portable radios, gas, batteries, non-electric food coolers, portable generators, carbon monoxide detectors and blue ice products. A complete list is available at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/hurricaneprep.

Meanwhile, Gov. Bobby Jindal has proclaimed this week as Hurricane Preparedness Week.

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is encouraging every Louisianan to begin preparing for the upcoming hurricane season.

“Currently, the state is heavily engaged in preparing for and repsonding to the Mississippi River flooding event, but we are also busy preparing for Louisiana's biggest natural threat – hurricanes,” said GOHSEP Director Mark Cooper. “We encourage everyone to have a plan for themselves, their families and their pets.”

The agency has preparation recommendations at www.getagameplan.org.