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The statistics are in: According to the National Weather Service, Alabama is #1 in all-time annual tornado deaths. Find out what you can do to prepare for the 2019 tornado season. Plus, how to save in Birmingham during the state-wide Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday February 22-24, 2019.
Where To Save This Sales Tax Holiday
Governor Kay Ivey announced this week that Alabama will observe the states eighth annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday February 22-24, 2019. Also, we’ve got the details on what’s covered and how much you’ll save in Birmingham.
In partnership with @AlabamaEMA, @NWS, & other agencies, I’ve proclaimed Feb. 17-22 as Severe Weather Awareness Week. Increasing public awareness regarding severe weather preparedness can prevent loss of life in dangerous situations. Get prepared today! https://t.co/HoyhqbVpc5 pic.twitter.com/jdIwy77oEQ— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) February 15, 2019
According to the Alabama Department of Revenue, the purpose of the sales tax holiday is for Alabamians to restock emergency supplies to prepare for the upcoming tornado season. The weekend caps off the end the weeklong Alabama Severe Weather Preparedness Week, which takes place Sunday, February 17th through Friday, February 22.
“Severe weather can occur at any time, in any season. The tax holiday helps Alabama consumers remember to stock and prepare emergency kits to be ready when storms strike.”Alabama Retail President Rick Brown
Here in Jefferson County, the tax holiday is limited. As a result, you’ll only save 5 percent off of certain emergency preparedness items— 4 percent state sales tax and 1 percent Jefferson County’s sales and use tax.
Begins: 12:01 AM Friday, February 22, 2019
Ends: Midnight Sunday, February 24, 2019
You can also check out the Alabama Department of Revenue’s list of 2019 Participating Cities and Counties to see how other communities are participating in the tax-free weekend.
What’s Covered During The Tax-Free Weekend
Tax-exempt items priced at $60 or less include the following:
- Flashlights, lanterns
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- First-aid kits
- Cell phone charger
- Two-way radios
- Manual can openers
- Tarps and plastic sheeting
- Duct tape
- Fire extinguishers
- Tie-down kits, bungee cords or rope
- Ice packs
- Window film
- Smoke/fire/carbon monoxide detectors
You can also view the extended detailed list on the Alabama Department of Revenue website.
Also, portable generators and power cords costing $1,000 or less are tax free. This is a great time to get a portable
NWS says Alabama #1 in tornado fatalities in US
The National Weather Service stated that Alabama saw the most tornado related deaths nationwide in 2018.
Each year, the NWS declares a week in February at Severe Weather Awareness Week to help raise awareness and help fight against future tornado related injuries or deaths.
“ This week promotes the importance of reviewing all information concerning severe weather and its associated preparedness. Severe weather, including tornadoes, can occur at any time, day or night. In addition, tornadoes have occurred in every month of the year. Please remember, knowledge is power and this power could save you or your loved ones lives!”The National Weather Service
The National Weather Service will focus on different topics each day for Severe Weather Awareness Week. Here’s the schedule:
For more information on the tax free weekend, contact the Alabama Department of Revenue Monday through Friday, 8 AM through 5 PM at
(334) 242-1490 or (866) 576-6531 or visit their website.
Are you ready for another tornado season, Birmingham? Let us know how you’re preparing in 2019. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org