Sales Tax Holiday for Emergency Supplies this weekend


WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - The Texas sales tax holiday that focuses on emergency items begins Saturday.

With two First Alert Weather days in the forecast, due to possible storms next week, now is a good time to prepare and save money while doing it.

Duke Osborn, Disaster Workforce Administrator for the American Red Cross, said you need to have an emergency preparedness kit ready.

"If a tornado comes through here and the poles and lines are down you just can't get through a lot of times, and so you're stuck in a spot," said Osborn.

He said you need to have emergency supplies to take care of yourself until help arrives or until you can get the help you need.

Things to have on deck are batteries, a first aid kit, flashlights and a weather radio.

Ken Johnson, First Alert Chief Meteorologist, said cell phones can also be used to keep you updated

"Of course these phones the battery life doesn't last very long, but these days they sell the portable chargers," said Johnson.

He said to have them already charged up and ready to go in case the power goes out.

Mobile phone batteries and chargers are also tax-free this weekend.

Other items on the list, fuel containers tarps, hatchets, axes, fire extinguishers, and smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Plus big-ticket items like generators less than $300.

However, not everything you need for your kit can be purchased during the tax-free holiday. Like prescription medicine, birth certificates and cash.

This year's holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. and ends Monday at midnight.

Another tip, download the First Alert Weather app for the latest forecast.

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