It is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama which means it a great time to get prepared. Make a plan, build a kit and be prepared. Our area's primary severe weather season is March through May, with a secondary season in the Fall.

The National Weather Service of Birmingham reminds us all that “Alabama will hold its 10th annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.” It will take place Friday, February 26, 20201, at 12:01 am and ends on Sunday, February 28, 2021, at 12 midnight.

This weekend would be a great time to build your severe weather kit. This Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is “giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain severe weather preparedness items free of state sales tax. Local sales tax may apply.”

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Click here to view the list of local governments participating in the Alabama 2021 Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. Please note that “covered items – “$60 or less, per ITEM.” Here is a list of exempt items:

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, twoway radio, weatherband radio or NOAA weather radio

Portable self-powered light source, including battery powered flashlights, lanterns, or emergency glow sticks


Plastic sheeting

Plastic drop cloths

Other flexible, waterproof sheeting

Ground anchor system, such as bungee cords or rope, or tiedown 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

Carbon monoxide detector

Gas or Diesel fuel tank or container

(Source) For more from the National Weather Service Birmingham, click here. Click here for the Alabama Department of Revenue information on Alabama 2021 Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.

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