Take Advantage of Tax Holidays To Stock Up For Severe Weather
With hurricane season in full swing and summer a ripe time for severe weather across much of the country, it becomes important to make sure that your home or business is properly stocked with items that may be necessary in the event of a stronger than average storm or another threatening scenario.
And what better time to do this stocking up than on the one day many states give their residents the day off from sales tax issues. I’m referring of course to the sales tax holiday that some areas of the country have adopted. Many do this just in time for parents to stock up on back to school items, but some states like Alabama are holding theirs as early as June. Because the list of items to have in the event of a major storm is quite considerable, the tax holiday is the perfect time to make sure your home is fully stocked and ready for whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at you.
Bottled water and nonperishable food items should be at the top of the list along with medicines, baby supplies, and pet food. You should have enough water to provide a gallon of water per person per day.
The Red Cross also recommends other items that should be assembled into an emergency kit. These include flashlights, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a cell phone charger, two way radios or walkie-talkies, manual can openers, duct tape, plastic sheeting, as well as all tools necessary for securing the property against high winds and rain such as bungee cords, tie downs, and rope.
Of course, this runs into money, which is why the tax holiday is the perfect time to assemble this material and have it at the ready.
Other severe weather preparation tips are less expensive, but still necessary, such as filling bathtubs with water in case the power goes out and electronic pumps are no longer working. Refrigerators should be set to the coldest setting possible, as this will allow stored food to remain cold and fresh longer should the power go out.
Electrical equipment that is going unused should be unplugged, and your vehicle’s gas tank should be kept full in case you have to make a sudden move. Have cash on hand; power outages mean ATM’s will no longer function.
Have a three day supply of food on hand in case of power failures; these items should be sealed and not require cooking. If there are elderly or others who are dependent on aid, be sure to have all items and medications that they require on hand as well. A one-week medication supply is recommended, as well as a stash of extra blankets.
Lastly, have the contact information for a local Clean Trust certified water damage repair service.