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The following is a news release from the Louisiana Department of Revenue:

Flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies will be free from the 4 percent state sales tax on May 24-25.

The 2014 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday gives Louisiana residents a chance to prepare before the Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1.

"There is no substitute for early preparation," Secretary of Revenue Tim Barfield said. "This sales tax holiday is the best opportunity to stock up early on the items that can keep your family safe and comfortable during and after a storm."

The sales tax holiday exempts each eligible item from the 4 percent state sales tax. It applies to the first $1,500 of the purchase price of each item.

Eligible purchases include:

Self-powered light sources, such as flashlights and candles
Portable self-powered radios, two-way radios, and weather-band radios
Tarpaulins or other flexible waterproof sheeting
Ground anchor systems, straps or tie-down kits
Gas or diesel fuel tanks
Batteries, sizes AAA, AA, C, D, 6-volt, or 9-volt (Automobile batteries and boat batteries are ineligible)
Cellular phone batteries and chargers
Non-electric food storage coolers
Portable generators
Storm shutter devices (Materials and products manufactured, rated, and marketed specifically for the purposes of preventing window damage from storms)
Carbon monoxide detectors
"Blue Ice" (and similar re-usable cooling products)

The exemption applies only to the 4 percent state sales tax. Local taxes apply unless specifically exempted by local taxing authorities.

Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/hurricaneprep for more information.

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