Hurricane season is heading our way soon, less than two months to be exact. This weekend is the best time to get prepared for the unpredictable and potentially destructive weather Texas is known for.

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EARLY PREDICTIONS

Prepare yourself because this season is supposed to have above-average activity. Early tropical storm forecasts are predicting between 16 and 21 named storms, 6-9 hurricanes, with 3-5 of those being major hurricanes in this upcoming season.

GET PREPARED EARLY

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Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar advised preparation for the season, “Whether it’s fires, freezing temperatures or tornadoes, 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."

That's why this weekend is the perfect time to get prepared. The annual tax-free weekend will begin Saturday, April 23, and will last until Monday, April 25. 

“This tax holiday can help Texans save money while stocking up for emergency situations.”

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST

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The Red Cross has an emergency checklist perfect for hurricane season. They suggest stocking up on emergency items like: 

  • batteries
  • flashlights
  • power banks 
  • first aid kit
  • ice chest
  • two-way radio
  • can opener
  • fuel containers

Be sure to keep your home safe with supplies like:

  • emergency ladder
  • hurricane shutters
  • fire extinguisher
  • generator
  • smoke detector
  • axe

Just a heads up, here are a few items that do not qualify:

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  • batteries for automobiles, boats, and other motorized vehicles;
  • camping stoves and camping supplies;
  • chainsaws;
  • plywood;
  • extension ladders and stepladders
  • tents

You can check out the full list of supplies going tax-free this weekend by clicking HERE

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