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Hurricane Tax Free Holiday

Hurricane season began Sunday.
And the sales tax exemption for hurricane supplies kicked off over the weekend.   

Channel Three's Ricki Vann went to Home Depot, off Mobile Highway, to show you the tax-free items you can buy this week.

Ricki Vann/Reporting "Some who want to be prepared for this year's hurricane season have already come to Home Depot to by things like a flash light and a radio. We talked to some who value being prepared before the storm."

Ann Curry was born and raised in Pensacola.
She says she has been through her fair share of hurricanes and knows how to prepare.

Ann Curry/Pensacola Resident "I have gone through this with my parents and tried to educate my children and most of them are already stocked up too. After Ivan they realized we knew what we were talking about."

Home improvement stores are working with the American Red Cross to educate communities on disaster preparedness.

At Home Depots around Northwest Florida workers have organized buckets of storm ready supplies they call GRAB AND GO HURRICANE KITS.

Jason Wood/Home Depot Manager "We have gloves, batteries, flash light, emergency radios, first aid kit which is great to have around in case you have an emergency."

The 'sales tax holiday' ends Sunday and Curry says the best time to get what you need is now.

"They need to take advantage of it and buy the supplies they need. They may not use it this year but there is going to be a year that it is going to hit."

"It is good to be prepared to keep your family safe and obviously the tax free holiday helps the local community be able to purchase some of this stuff."

Ricki Vann/Reporting "We did the math and found out at a lower cost, like the price of a gas can you can save a couple bucks. But on bigger priced items like generators, that can run around 750-dollars, you can save more than 50-dollars."