Focus at Four: Emergency Preparation Sales Tax Holiday

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - It is severe weather season across Texas. Last May, a tornado devastated the Wheeler Ridge neighborhood in Bryan.

It's always important to be prepared in the event of bad weather here in B/CS. This weekend is the perfect time to stock up on supplies that may be needed to weather any storm — and save money while you shop!

For more information visit the State Comptroller's Website or The American Red Cross.

Emergency items are tax-free this weekend. That includes batteries, fuel containers, first aid kits, flashlights, phone chargers, fire extinguishers and tarps, all priced $75 or less, as well as portable generators priced $3,000 or less.

There is no limit on the number of qualifying items that shoppers can purchase.

The tax-free weekend runs Saturday through Monday.

These emergency preparation supplies qualify for tax exemption if purchased for a sales price:
Portable generators
Emergency ladders
Hurricane shutters
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
Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers
Smoke detectors
Tarps and other plastic sheeting

These supplies do not qualify for tax exemption:
Batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles
Camping stoves
Camping supplies
Extension ladders
Repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies