Tax free holiday this weekend for severe weather preparedness supplies

Midland NOAA Weather Radio

Governor Robert Bentley urged people across Alabama to take advantage of this weekend's state sales tax holiday for severe weather preparedness items.{}"People need to take this opportunity to stock up on the supplies they'll need before, during and after severe weather," Governor 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."{}The state sales tax holiday for 2013 will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, February 22 and continue through the end of Sunday, February 24.{} Items related to severe weather preparedness will be exempted from state sales and use taxes.{}Items covered by the state sales tax holiday 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.{}Several cities and counties across Alabama are joining the state by removing their own local sales and use taxes from the same items during the same weekend.{} Click Here for a complete list from the Alabama Department of Revenue.