Unfortunately in the South, we have to prepare for the worst and pray for the best. Luckily there are a few dates that we can go out and buy supplies to fill up our emergency kits. There are emergency preparation supplies that qualify for a tax exemption if purchased on Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday weekend. Keep in mind there are some price limits on certain items, you don't need to take a piece of paper to claim the tax exemption, you just shop for those items on the dates that your state of residence allows you to. Below you'll see a break down of what you can buy and not pay sales tax on Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday:

  1. Portable generators less than $3000
  2. Emergency ladders less than $300
  3. Hurricane shutters less than $300
  4. Less than $75
  5. Axes less than $75
  6. Batteries, single or multi-pack less than $75
  7. Can openers - nonelectric less than $75
  8. Carbon monoxide detectors less than $75
  9. Coolers and ice chests for food storage – nonelectric less than $75
  10. Fire extinguishers less than $75
  11. First aid kits less than $75
  12. Fuel containers less than $75
  13. Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits less than $75
  14. Hatchets less than $75
  15. Ice products - reusable and artificial less than $75
  16. Light sources - portable self-powered (including battery operated) less than $75
  17. Examples of items include: candles, flashlights and lanterns less than $75
  18. Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers less than $75
  19. Radios - portable self-powered (including battery operated) - includes two-way and weather band radios less than $75
  20. Smoke detectors less than $75
  21. Tarps and other plastic sheeting less than $75

The 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Weekend for Texas is April 28-30 and for Louisiana it's on May 26- 27. Unfortunately the supplies listed above are items we would be in desperate need of should a horrid natural disaster happen to us. Please consider picking up a few items to add to your emergency kit.