MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – This weekend is your opportunity to stock up on severe weather preparedness items and skip the sales tax, too.
Alabama’s Sales Tax Holiday for Severe Weather Preparedness is underway. It opened at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, February 22 and continues through Sunday, February 24.
You can buy items for severe weather preparedness without having to pay state sales or use taxes.
“People need to take this opportunity to stock up on the supplies they’ll need before, during and after severe weather,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “From NOAA weather radios, to first aid kits and generators, these supplies can help you and your family stay safe. Alabama is vulnerable to several different forms of severe weather. Take the time now to plan ahead. If you wait until the storm strikes, it’s often too late.”
There are a number of items covered by the sales tax holiday, including:
- Several types of batteries, including cell phone batteries and chargers
- Battery-powered radios
- NOAA weather radios
- Flashlights, lanterns, and emergency glow sticks
- First aid kits
- Duct tape
- Plywood, window film or other materials, specifically designed to protect window openings
- Portable generators
- Gas or Diesel fuel containers
- Tarpaulins and plastic sheeting
- Any non-electric food storage cooler or water storage container
- Non-electric can openers
- Any artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs, or reusable ice
- Fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors
- Ground anchor systems such as cords or rope or tie-down kits
The covered items must cost $60 or less, except for generators, which are covered as long as they cost $1,000 or less.
Several cities and counties across Alabama will also removing their own local sales taxes from these items. See the list of cities.