• Office of Emergency Management
    1500 Marilla St.,
    Dallas, Texas 75201
    Phone: (214) 670-4275
    Fax: (214) 670-4677

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    The State of Texas declared anyone can purchase certain emergency preparedness supplies tax free anywhere supplies are sold during the 2019 Emergency Preparedness Supplies Tax Free Holiday. This year's holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 29. There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase, and you do not need to issue an exemption certificate to claim the exemption.

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    These emergency preparation supplies qualify for tax exemption if purchased for a price:

                 Less than $3000

    o       ​   ​   Portable generators

                 Less than $300

    o             Hurricane shutters

    o             Emergency ladders

                 Less than $75

    o             Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt or 9 volt)

    o             First aid kits

    o             Fuel containers

    o             Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits

    o             Hatchets

    o             Axes

    o             Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers

    o             Nonelectric coolers and ice chests for food storage

    o             Nonelectric can openers

    o             Portable self-powered light sources (hand cranked flashlights)

    o             Portable self-powered radios, including two-way and weather 

    ​​​band ​radios

    o             Reusable and artificial ice products

    o             Smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors

    o             Tarps and other plastic sheeting

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    These supplies do not qualify for tax exemption:

    •           ​ Batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles

    •             Camping stoves

    •             Camping supplies

    •             Chainsaws

    •             Plywood

    •             Extension ladders

    •             Stepladders

    •             Tents

    •             Repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies

    •             Services performed on, or related to, emergency preparation supplies


    With severe weather season in full swing, the time to be prepared is NOW. Make sure you're ready. Learn more about preparedness on our Get Prepared Tab. Check out our Community Preparedness Program and learn more today.