Ahead of severe weather season, Texas officials have announced this year's statewide tax-free holiday for emergency supplies will run from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 through midnight on Monday, April 29.

In a nutshell

During the holiday, Texans can purchase a range of emergency preparation supplies tax-free to prepare for natural disasters, such as hurricanes, flash floods, wildfires and more.

The details

According to the Texas Comptroller's Office, items that qualify include:

Items that cost less than $3,000:
  • Portable generators
Items that cost less than $300:
  • Emergency ladders
  • Hurricane shutters
Items that cost less than $75:
  • Axes
  • Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt or 9 volt)
  • Nonelectric can openers
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Nonelectric coolers and ice chests for food storage
  • Fire extinguishers
  • First-aid kits
  • Fuel containers
  • Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
  • Hatchets
  • Reusable and artificial ice products
  • Light sources that portable, self-powered or battery-operated, such as candles, flashlights and lanterns
  • Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers
  • Radios that are portable, self-powered or battery-operated, such as two-way and weather band radios
  • Smoke detectors
  • Tarps and other plastic sheeting

Items that do not qualify include:

  • Batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles
  • Camping stoves and camping supplies
  • Chainsaws
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Extension ladders
  • Gloves
  • Plywood
  • Stepladders
  • Tents
  • Toilet paper
A full list of qualifying items can be found here.

Notable quote

“Fires, tornadoes and other severe weather conditions can strike at any time, so it is important that families, homes and businesses have the supplies they need to face these and other emergencies,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said in a news release. “There is no sense in waiting for disaster to occur. I’m encouraging Texans to take advantage of this tax holiday to save money while stocking up for emergency situations.”