Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tax Free Freeze Dried Food and Bomb Shelters!

Dear neighbor:

Hurricane season begins June 1 and a "well above average" cyclone season has been projected for the Atlantic basin this year. To encourage citizen preparedness, the Commonwealth of Virginia is holding its first-ever Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday from Sunday, May 25 through Saturday, May 31. During this period, purchases of certain emergency supplies and equipment with a sales price of $60 or less will be exempt from sales tax. That means now's the time to stock up on batteries, flashlights, water storage containers, radios, first aid kits ... and even certain generators and power inverters (under $1,000). For a complete list of eligible purchases, go to

www.vaemergency. com/threats/ hurricane/ 2008taxholiday. cfm

Another way to be better prepared is to complete Community Emergency Response Training (CERT). This eight-week course, which is free to those who live and/or work in Arlington County, is offered twice a year and covers such topics as disaster preparedness, fire suppression and utility shutoff, disaster psychology, disaster medical operations and terrorism. For additional information, contact ArlingtonCERT@

CERT members make good neighbors!

Lee Rosner
Northwest CERT

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