WICHITA FALLS, TX - This weekend the state is helping Texans stay safe and save money during the Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday.
This year's holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 24.
During that time you can get everything from flashlights to ice chests and other items that could come in handy during an emergency situation tax-free.
"You got to be prepared for the worst," said Lee Bourgoin, the Wichita County Emergency Management Coordinator. "That's one of our motto here, prepare for the worst and hope for the best,"
Bourgoin said these are the supplies people need to have in a Jump Bag or Go Bag.
"The Jump Bag is designed to have stuff in it for all disasters, whether it's a flood or fire," said Bourgoin.
He said to have emergency supplies to last 72 hours. Some items to throw it that Jump Bag is a first aid kit, batteries and a weather radio.
Bourgoin recommends a weather radio that does not take batteries. Like the kind with a generator that cranks up.
Kaleb Laughlin, Manager at Sutherlands, said the hot item this weekend will most likely be generators.
Laughlin offered this advice for shoppers who are looking to buy one.
"You don't need a giant generator," said Laughlin. "I would get something kind of economical, something a little smaller just so you can keep your essentials on like your refrigerator and things like that to keep your food from expiring."
Do not forget that generators take an oil mix ratio to work.
However, not everything you need can be purchased this weekend.
"The most important thing I can tell you from experience to put in that bag, is cash money because when a disaster happens no ATMs work and banks are closed," said Bourgoin.
Also be sure to pack prescription medicines and eyeglasses in your emergency kit.
There is no limit on the number of qualifying items a person can buy, but there are some limitations when it comes to how much they can cost.
These emergency preparation supplies qualify for tax exemption if purchased for a sales price:
Less than $3000- Portable generators
Less than $300- Emergency ladders
Hurricane shutters- Less than $75
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
First aid kits
Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
Ice products - reusable and artificial
Light sources - portable self-powered (including battery operated)
Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers
Radios - portable self-powered (including battery operated) - includes two-way and weather band radios
Tarps and other plastic sheeting
These supplies do not qualify for tax exemption:
Batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles
Repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies
Services performed on or related to, emergency preparation supplies