That's why you should make sure to stock up on supplies that might help if there is one.
State lawmakers created a sales tax holiday to help Texans doing just that: the Emergency Preparation Sales Tax Holiday.
"Unfortunately, we can't predict when the next fire, flood or tornado may strike," Texas Comptroller
There is no limit on the number of items you can purchase.
Items on the list include batteries, first aid kits, axes, hatchets, cell phone chargers, ice chests, self-powered radios and flashlights, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, non-electric can openers, tarps and more -- as long as each item costs less than
Also on the list: portable generators that cost less than
"Preparing and maintaining an emergency supply kit is a simple and effective way to sustain you and your family following a disaster," according to the DPS's division of emergency management. "Officials and relief workers cannot immediately reach everyone in the aftermath of a disaster. It may take hours or even days for help to arrive.
"An emergency supplies kit contains the tools your family needs to survive during that period."
Among the items emergency officials recommend each family have: bottled water, non-perishable foods, can opener, first-aid kit, a whistle, a battery-operated radio and extra batteries, a flashlight and extra batteries, a fire extinguisher, clothing, cash and plastic sheeting and duct tape.
Many of those items can purchased tax-free during this weekend's sales tax holiday.
Comptroller officials estimate shoppers will save around
But those officials also note that some items specifically do not qualify for the tax exemption, including camping stoves and supplies, chainsaws, plywood, extension ladders, tents and batteries for cars and boats.
TAX HOLIDAYS IN
Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday,
Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday,
Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday,
"Back to School" Sales Tax Holiday,
Source: Texas Comptroller's Office
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