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Feb. 23-25, 2024: Sales Tax Holiday for Severe Weather Preparedness

Posted on: Feb 15th, 2024 | News and Announcementsfeatured newsPress Releases


MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. – Mobile County is participating in Alabama’s Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday weekend, offered annually the last full weekend in February to help people prepare in advance for severe weather events and other emergencies.

Alabama's Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday 2024 starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, and lasts through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2023, making the last full weekend in February the best time all year to buy a generator with power cords and other supplies recommends for a household emergency kit.

Severe weather can happen any time of year. It's best to be prepared by having supplies ready BEFORE they're needed.

Eight of Mobile County’s 11 municipalities are listed as participants by the Alabama Department of Revenue: Bayou La Batre, Chickasaw, Citronelle, Dauphin Island, Mobile, Prichard, Saraland, and Semmes.

CLICK HERE for Alabama Department of Revenue's Quick Reference Sheet of exempt items that are classified as either single purchase or single item:

Single purchase:

Portable generators and power cords that can provide lights, communications, or preserve food during a power outage are exempt from taxes during the holiday, as long as the single purchase is $1,000 or less.

Single Item:

Alabama Department of Revenue allows the following items to be exempt from sales tax as long as no single item is more than $60:

  • Batteries, including AAA, AA, C, D, 6-volt, and 9-volt
  • Cell phone batteries and chargers
  • 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, and emergency glow sticks
  • Tarpaulins
  • Plastic sheeting or drop cloths, along with other flexible, waterproof sheeting
  • Ground anchor systems like bungee cords, rope, and tie-down kits
  • Duct tape
  • Plywood, window film, or materials designed to protect windows
  • Non-electric food or water storage containers
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Artificial, blue, and reusable ice, as well as ice packs
  • Self-contained first aid kits
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke detectors
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Gas or diesel fuel tanks or containers


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