Take advantage of tax-free weekend for emergency weather supplies

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)- Many people are gearing up for severe weather preparing for much more than snow.

This weekend, people will be buying emergency items for all types of weather events because of the Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.  Several retailers across Alabama will waive state sales taxes on select emergency items under $60.

Academy Sports on Highway 72 has already had multiple customers taking advantage of the tax-free weekend. Jenny Horrock's is a mother of five and she is buying back packs full of supplies for her 72-hour kits.

"I just feel like it is important to have one just in case there is even an emergency. It is something to have to just grab," she said.

The Alabama Retail Association even recommends that residents have enough supplies on hand to last at least 72 hours after a disaster strikes. The tax-free weekend is to encourage Alabama consumers to always be prepared. This weekend shoppers can save about 10% on the emergency items that they purchase.

Wesley Frazier is the store manager at Academy Sports and says that there are plenty of items to choose from.

"We have tie down straps, multiple varieties of first aid kits, can openers, flashlights, an electric weather radio, and hand cranked radio," he said.

Frazier told us that some of the emergency items are in the entrance of the store but majority of them can be found in the Marina or Camping sections of the store. Tax free weekend ends at 12:00 p.m. Sunday evening.