REMINDER: Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday happening now

Weather radios are recommended by the National Weather Service, EMA and meteorologists alike as a crucial component in the weather early warning system and are part of the Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. (Cullman Tribune file photo)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey on Friday encouraged Alabamians to begin preparing for the upcoming tornado and hurricane seasons by participating in Alabama’s 12th annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, happening now through midnight, Sunday, Feb. 26. 

“Less than two weeks into 2023, Alabamians have already suffered significant effects from severe weather and by proclaiming this past week as Severe Weather Awareness Week, I encourage our citizens to utilize this weekend to take steps to be ready before the next storm affects your home and property,” said Ivey.As we head into peak tornado season here in Alabama, it is imperative everyone remains weather aware. The Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday has been a great help in years past and serves as the perfect opportunity to stock up on the supplies needed to help prevent harm in dangerous weather situations.” 

With certain items being exempt from the state sales tax, residents have the opportunity to save money while collecting critical supplies for protecting their homes or businesses ahead of inclement weather. Weather safety items available for purchase during the weekend include batteries, flashlights, smoke detectors, portable generators, battery-powered portable radios and weather radios, among others. 

For the full list of items that may be purchased tax-free during the holiday, visit

A county or municipality, by resolution or ordinance adopted at least 30 days prior to the last full weekend of February, may provide for the exemption of covered items from county or municipal sales or use taxes during the same time period, under the same terms, conditions and definitions as provided for the state sales tax holiday.  

Participating local municipalities include Cullman, Cullman County, Addison, Arab, Arley, Dodge City, Fairview, Falkville, Garden City, Good Hope and Hanceville.