Whether we like or not, Hurricane Season starts next week. June 1st marks the start of what will hopefully be another quiet season for us in South Louisiana. To help get us prepared, the "Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday" is coming up.

KATC reports the sales tax holiday will happen this weekend, starting Saturday, May 27th at 12:01 a.m. and lasting until Sunday, May 28th at 11:59 p.m.

The sales tax holiday will give us a 2% exemption on specific hurricane preparedness items, with some items being discounted 3%.

The tax exemption applies to the first $1,500 of the purchase price of eligible items.

Here are the items eligible for the Louisiana sales tax holiday -

  • Any portable self-powered light source, including candles, flashlights and other articles of property designed to provide light;
  • Any portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio;
  • Any tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting;
  • Any ground anchor system or tie-down kit;
  • Any gas or diesel fuel tank;
  • Any package of AAA-cell, AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6 volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries;
  • Any cell phone battery and any cell phone charger;
  • Any nonelectric food storage cooler;
  • Any portable generator used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage;
  •  Any storm shutter device;
  • Any carbon monoxide detector; and
  • Any reusable freezer pack such as "blue ice."