Did you know that four U.S. states offer tax breaks to encourage you to prepare for disasters? I found out about this through the excellent Mitigation Nation blog connected to the Designing for Disaster exhibit at the National Building Museum.
Through Saturday, the state of Virginia waives taxes on a variety of items you can purchase to prepare for hurricanes. Many of these, including first aid kits and bottled water, are great for any kind of emergency. Notably this year, you can get a tax break for the purchase of chainsaws - helpful when trees are toppled by hurricane winds but also a very useful tool for thinning out flammable vegetation before wildfire threatens.
Florida's state tax holiday starts June 1 and runs for a full two weeks. The window for Alabama and Louisiana's preparedness tax holidays has already passed, but you can check this site for all approved tax holidays for preparedness and other items during 2014.