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The best time to prepare for emergencies? The last full weekend in February, when emergency supplies are tax free.

Posted on: Feb 21st, 2022 | News and AnnouncementsPress Releasesfeatured news


MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. -- Mobile County is participating in Alabama’s Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, held annually the last full weekend in February to help people prepare in advance for severe weather events and other emergencies. recommends every household have a basic emergency kit that includes these supplies.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022 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

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

Alabama Department of Revenue lists participating local governments statewide. Nine of Mobile County’s 11 municipalities are listed or have confirmed participation: Bayou La Batre, Chickasaw, Citronelle, Creola, Dauphin Island, Mobile, Mount Vernon, Saraland, and Semmes. Prichard Mayor’s Office and Satsuma Town Clerk indicated those municipalities are not participating this year.

CLICK HERE for Alabama Department of Revenue's Quick Reference Sheet. 

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