Tax Free Weekend for Emergency Preparedness Supplies in Texas


This weekend is the perfect time to stock up on batteries, lights, or even weather radios as Texas will be having it’s first Tax Free Weekend on supplies for emergencies. The savings begins at 12:01 a.m. Saturday April 23rd and ends at midnight April 25.

We got the list of supplies that are tax free from the TTPD Facebook Page:

Portable Generators that are sales priced at $3,000 or less and used for light, communications, and/or perishable foods in the event of a power outage (Tex. Tax Code § 151.3565(b)(1)).

Storm Protection Devices, that are”manufactured, rated, and marketed specifically to prevent damage to a glazed or non-glazed opening during a storm” sales priced less than $300 (Tex. Tax Code § 151.3565(b)(2)(A)).

Emergency or Rescue Ladders sales priced less than $300 (Tex. Tax Code § 151.3565(b)(2)(B)).

Each of the following are eligible if sales priced under $75 (Tex. Tax Code § 151.3565(b)(3)(A)-(M)):
* Reusable or Artificial Ice Products
* Portable, self-powered light sources
* Gasoline or diesel fuel containers
* Small batteries that come more than one to a package and are not car or boat batteries (AAA, AA, C, and D cells & 6 and 9 volt batteries)
* Nonelectric cooler or ice chest used for food storage
* Tarps (listed as “tarpaulin”) or other flexible weatherproof sheeting
* Ground anchor systems or tie-down kits
* Cellphone batteries or battery chargers
* Portable self-powered radios to include both two-way and weather radios
* Fire extinguishers
* Smoke Detectors
* Carbon Monoxide Detectors
* Hatchets & Axes
* Self-contained first aid kits
* Non-electric can openers.

Here is what the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends individuals and families have in their basic emergency supplies kit:

Water (1 Gallon per person, per day)
At least 3 days of non-perishable food
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a weather radio with tone alert.
First Aid Kit
Filter masks
Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties
Wrench or pliers
Manual can opener
Plastic sheeting and duct tape
Cellphone and chargers
Important Family Documents
Extra batteries for all electronics in the kit
And family unique items (such as pet supplies, medicines, formula, or diapers).

If you need any of these items to complete your family’s emergency supplies kit, this might be the perfect time to get them and save a little money in the process.




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