Alabama’s Disaster Preparedness Tax Free Weekend is today through midnight Sunday. If you’re shopping in participating counties/cities you can purchase select severe-weather preparedness supplies tax free. Some municipalities may still be charging local tax.

The tax free status applies to online retailers as well. You may have to get a refund after purchase, once the item is shipped to an Alabama address.  Make sure you follow up with the e-retailer.

Go here for a list of participating cities/counties.

Here’s a list of items that are tax exempt if price is $60 or less on each item:
All batteries

Portable self-powered or battery-powered radio
2-way radio
Weatherband or NOAA weather radio

Portable self-powered light
source, including battery powered
flashlights, lanterns,
or emergency glow sticks.

Plastic sheeting
Plastic drop cloths
Other flexible, waterproof sheeting
Ground anchor system, bungee cords or rope, or tiedown kit
Duct tape
Window film or other materials specifically designed to protect window coverings
Self-contained first aid kit
Fire extinguisher
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Gas or Diesel fuel tank or container

Non-electric food storage
cooler or water storage
Non-electric can opener
Artificial ice
Blue ice
Ice packs
Reusable ice

A single purchase with a sales price of $1000 or less
Any portable generator and power cords – used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power


Thanks to reader Kathy P. for reminding me about this event.