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Are you prepared for the next disaster? Whether it is a flood, tornado, wildfire, or even a pandemic, it's good to be prepared, and this weekend the State of Texas wants to make it a little more cost effective to be prepared. That's why this weekend is the 2022 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday.

The sales tax holiday begins Saturday and ends at Midnight Monday. There are a number of items that are tax free that you may or may not think about, but are good to have in in any home. For example, fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, axes, batteries, and even portable generators make the list of tax-free items this weekend. According to KIITV, first aide kits are also tax-free.

  • Less than $3000
    • Portable generators
  • Less than $300
    • Emergency ladders
    • Hurricane shutters
  • Less than $75
    • Axes
    • Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt or 9 volt)
    • Can openers - nonelectric
    • Carbon monoxide detectors
    • Coolers and ice chests for food storage – nonelectric
    • Fire extinguishers
    • First aid kits
    • Fuel containers
    • Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
    • Hatchets
    • Ice products - reusable and artificial
    • Light sources - portable self-powered (including battery operated)
      • Examples of items include: candles, flashlights and lanterns
    • Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers
    • Radios - portable self-powered (including battery operated) - includes two-way and weather band radios
    • Smoke detectors
    • Tarps and other plastic sheeting

While not everyone is a "prepper" in the sense they are preparing for the end of the world or for a national disaster to happen, what we have learned from the pandemic and supply chain issues is that it is smart to be prepared for just about anything, including of course natural disasters.

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