Disaster Preparedness Tax Holiday 2019 for College Students

The Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday in Florida runs May 31st to June 6th, 2019. This holiday is a great time for students to buy their college hurricane supplies. Are you planning on going to college in a state affected by hurricanes? If you are planning on going to college in any state that is affected by hurricanes, you need a disaster preparedness kit.

In an effort to get you ready for hurricane season, here are 5 supplies I recommend you have in your college hurricane preparedness kit.

1. Batteries

Batteries are on the list of items that are exempt from sales tax during this holiday. These are a staple item in your kit because they are so versatile. Save your cell phone battery by checking the time on your battery operated clock instead of your cell phone.

2. Flashlights

Flashlights are a staple item in disaster relief kits. When the power goes out, you still want to be able to see your way to the bathroom right? Right! Having a flashlight with working batteries during hurricane season is crucial. Some people choose to have one flashlight for every room in the house, or one per person. Regardless of how many you choose to have, it is important to know where they are at all times.

3. Reusable Ice Cubes/ Ice Packs

Reusable ice cubes are available almost everywhere. Having these in your freezer if a disaster hits can be a big help. Not only can they be used for keeping your food cold, but they can assist you if someone is in need of a cold compress. Ice packs are also a good item to keep on hand should a disaster strike.

4. Battery Operated Radio

During an emergency situation communication is key. Battery operated radios can keep you knowledgeable about safe and unsafe areas around you. Weather advisories and information about shelters or relief stations are announced over the radio. There are times during a natural disaster when you may not be sure if it is safe to go outside. Radios are a tried and true way to make sure you are up to date with information.

5. First Aid Kit

Having a first aid kit is generally a good idea. Not only do you want to have a first aid kit, but you want to make sure that you have an account of your medications and medical supplies that you use regularly. Even if you do not think you will need your first aid kit, odds are that someone around you may need it so it’s a good idea to have one around!

Photo credit: Hurricane-NASA, Batteries- brett Jordan, Flashlight- William Carlson, Ice- Julia Alkmin, Radio-Rayan Almuslem, Band-aid- Franck V.

Your Student will not Graduate College without this!

Regardless how much your student studies, or what you paid for tutoring, your student will never graduate without this skill. Having proficiency in this skill leads to better academic performance. A student who feels fulfilled and ready to take on the world. This skill takes time to develop and can be the wild card in student success.

To begin, when I work with students one of the first things that we focus on is self-motivation. Frequently, students will tell me and their families the symptoms of low self-motivation. Low self-motivation is rarely named initially. This causes everyone to focus on the symptom and not the actual problem.

The problem

K-12 provides the opportunity for students to learn a number of co-academic skills. However, it is incredibly easy for self-motivation to fall between the cracks due to the amount of support provided. In many grade schools, teachers are evaluated based on the academic performance of their students. This is not the case in college. Higher education demands self-motivation in order for success to occur, as does life.

Your student needs to know how to motivate themselves when they are in the library at 3 A.M. studying for an exam. Otherwise, they will never be able to graduate college. The reality of it is, no matter how much you can want them to graduate college, or take up the family business, or even just get a job, there is one truth. If your student does not want to do something, it will not get done.

The solution

There are ways to figure out what drives your student. There are strategies to teach them how to motivate themselves towards any goal. Working with a student success coach can make this transition a smoother one for families and students. For families who choose to go through this process on their own, here is my one tip- Let your student surprise you. Throw out all of your expectations of who your student should be and what they should be able to do and accept them for where they are. Celebrate the things that they determine are accomplishments, and you will see the student you want to see in them.