MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Senator Greg Reed (R-Jasper) today urged Alabamians to take advantage of a sales tax holiday this weekend on purchasing items for weather preparedness. The exemption on sales tax for certain items (listed below) begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at midnight on Sunday.
“As the spring severe weather season draws close, I encourage Alabamians to make sure their emergency kits are well-stocked and up-to-date,” Reed said. “Severe storms can strike with little notice, and folks need to make sure they and their families are prepared for any eventuality.”
Senator Reed and State Representative Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa) sponsored the legislation authorizing the sales tax holiday known as the Severe Weather Preparedness Tax Holiday. The measure was filed in the 2012 legislative session following the devastating tornadoes that tore through Alabama in April of 2011.
Items qualifying for a sales tax exemption this weekend 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
- 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
Greg Reed is the Alabama Senate Majority Leader and represents Senate District 5, which is comprised of all or parts of Winston, Walker, Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, and Fayette counties.