Governor Robert Bentley signed into law Thursday a sales tax holiday specifically for items to help Alabamians be prepared for severe weather.
This year the holiday will go from 12:01am on Friday, July 6th until midnight on Sunday, July 8th. In 2013 the holiday will move to the first full weekend in February, to coincide with Severe Weather Awareness Week.
Items covered by the legislation include:
- 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.