Sales tax holiday continues for severe weather supplies

Published 9:06 pm Friday, February 21, 2020

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Alabama’s ninth annual severe weather preparedness sales tax holiday is underway through Sunday to save residents money on all the essential storm-ready items.

The holiday begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday and continues until midnight on Sunday, allowing shoppers to stock up on common supplies costing less than $60 that every home and business needs to prepare for a natural disaster or even a general emergency.

“It’s always better to be prepared,” said EMA Director Herb Reeves. “This weekend it will be less expensive to go and get all the things you need in your home.”

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Pike County and the cities of Troy and Brundidge are also waiving sales tax on the items to save customers even more.

Common supplies covered by the tax exemption include AAA-cell batteries, AA-cell batteries, C-cell batteries, D-cell batteries, 6-volt batteries, 9-volt batteries, Cellular phone battery, Cellular phone charger, portable self-powered or battery-powered radio, two-way radio, weather-band radio or NOAA weather radio, portable self-powered light source, including battery-powered flashlights, lanterns, or emergency glow sticks, tarpaulin, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, other flexible, waterproof sheeting, ground anchor system, such as bungee cords or rope, or tie-down kit, duct tape, plywood, window film or other materials specifically designed to protect window coverings, non-electric food storage, cooler or water storage container, non-electric can opener, artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs, reusable ice, self-contained first aid kit. fire extinguisher, smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector.