Severe Weather Preparedness Tax-Free Weekend

MONTGOMERY –  Alabama will observe the state’s 10th Annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday this weekend Friday,-Sunday, February 26-28.   Last week’s reminder should impress upon all of us the need to be prepared in all seasons.  

The Alabama Retail Association encourages Alabamians to restock emergency supplies in homes, workplaces and vehicles during this three-day tax holiday. Certain emergency preparedness items will be exempt from the state’s 4% state sales tax, and in some cities and counties, local taxes are waived on those items as well. The tax holiday means shoppers can save as much as 10% on these items in some areas of the state.

To see if your communities have decided to participate, click on the 2021 Participating Cities and Counties link.

From 12:01am. February 26 to midnight February 28, the tax-exempt items include the 

following priced at $60 or less: 

• Flashlights, lanterns

• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio

• Batteries

• 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 

Other tax-free items include coolers, ice packs, plywood, window film, and smoke/fire/carbon monoxide detectors. Portable generators and power cords costing $1,000 or less are also tax free.

For the full list of tax-free items, look for the Severe Weather Preparedness sales tax holiday page at

Alabama is one of three states with a severe weather preparedness sales tax holiday in 2021.  the other states with similar holidays are Texas and Virginia.

“Severe weather can occur at any time, in any season,” said Alabama Retail President Rick Brown. “The tax holiday helps Alabama consumers remember to stock and prepare emergency kits to be ready when storms strike.”