Sunday, May 25, 2014

Save on CHAINSAWS (and Duct tape, Flashlights, and More) During Virginia Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, May 25 to 31, 2014

I hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day Holiday weekend; I also wanted to remind you that today marks the beginning of National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 25-31).

Even though the weather right now is terrific, remember that hurricane season in the US starts June 1!

To help people prepare, the National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center will feature a different hurricane preparedness video every day this week, which you can see in the embedded player below, or on their YouTube channel:

What About Chainsaws? You Promised Chainsaws!

This week also marks the Virginia's Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, where you can build or restock your 72-hour-emergency kit and get other hurricane and disaster preparedness supplies without having to pay sales tax.

CERTs will no doubt be interested in items like:
  • First aid kits
  • Duct tape, rope, and tarps
  • Weather radios and two-way radios
  • Flashlights, lanterns, headlamps, and glow sticks
  • Batteries and cell phone chargers
  • Fire extinguishers
  • And bigger-ticket items like portable generators, and for the first time, chainsaws!
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Chainsaw photo by Flickr user Stf.O. Used under Creative Commons: BY.
You can see the full list of qualifying items embedded below, as well as at the Virginia Department of Taxation page.

Shop smart, be safe, and have a great holiday weekend!

Joe Loong is a Blog Editor and Social Media Specialist for Fairfax County CERT. You can email him at

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