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Governor emphasizes preparedness ahead of severe weather tax holiday  

MONTGOMERY – With Alabama’s peak weather season beginning in March, Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday encouraged Alabamians to prepare for the upcoming tornado and hurricane seasons by participating in Alabama’s annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday this weekend.

Severe Weather Awareness Week began Monday and ends at midnight Sunday. 

“The safety and wellbeing of all Alabamians, particularly in the face of severe weather events, is a great responsibility of mine. By proclaiming this week as Severe Weather Awareness Week, we are emphasizing the critical importance of preparedness, which includes not only educating ourselves and our families but ensuring access to essential supplies,” Ivey said. “I am proud to announce the upcoming sales tax holiday for severe weather preparedness items, and I encourage our citizens to utilize this weekend to equip themselves with the tools necessary to weather any storm.”

The sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends midnight Sunday, allowing Alabama shoppers to stock up tax-free on common emergency supplies costing less than $60. Generators costing $1,000 or less can also be purchased free of the state’s 4% sales tax during the three-day tax holiday. Some of Alabama’s local governments are cutting their local sales taxes as well on the eligible items.

Cities, counties participating can be found by visiting:


For more information, contact the Sales and Use Tax Division at 334-242-1490 or 866-576-6531.

Covered items, $60 or less, per item


  • Batteries – AAA, AA, C, D, 6-volt, 9-volt 
  • 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 
  • Carbon monoxide detector 
  • Gas or diesel fuel tank or container 

Not eligible:

  • Coin batteries 
  • Automobile and boat batteries

A single purchase with a sales price of $1,000 or less


  • Any portable generator and power cords – used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power


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