Central Fla. shoppers take advantage of tax-free hurricane supply week

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FLORIDA - Saturday kicked off a nine-day push to help people in Florida prepare for the hurricane season.

Residents can buy hurricane-preparedness supplies, including propane tanks, flashlights and batteries, tax-free.

Shoppers in Orlando told Channel 9’s Myrt Price they plan to take advantage of the savings this week.

Patricia Stinson remembers what it was like 10 years ago when central Florida was pounded by three hurricanes.

She said her family members made it through the tough time because they were prepared.

When she heard the news that the state was having a tax-free week for hurricane supplies, she raced to the store.

“I think it’s wonderful,” she said. “I’ll probably get a little bit more alcohol for my burners, and make sure I have enough oil for my lanterns.”

At Ace Hardware in Orlando, employees have been busy stocking the shelved and getting prepared for the busy week.

Employees passed out sheets for customers, listing all the eligible items that range from gas cans, to generators, to batteries.

“We’ve been selling grills and propane tanks. It’s good for us and the consumers, so they’re prepared,” said manager Marina Mills.  

The sales tax holiday ends next Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

Hurricane season June 1 and ends Nov. 30.

More Information: 2014 Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday