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Severe weather preparedness tax holiday starts Feb. 21

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RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -

With severe weather on the horizon, buying what you need to get through the storm may be a little cheaper starting Friday. 

The tax holiday for severe weather preparedness in Alabama begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday Feb. 21 and runs until midnight Sunday. 
 
Some of the items eligible for the tax holiday include first aid kits, weather radios, flashlights, window coverings, and coolers.

The holiday was created to allow Alabama residents and business owners to stock up on supplies that are needed in case of a natural disaster or everyday emergency. The tax break applies to Alabama's state and city sales tax and can only be used on items costing less than $60. The tax break can also be used to buy power cords and generators that cost less than $1,000.
 
Lowe's Manager Bob Parker advises you get what you can now. 

"When it comes down to it, you need these things, then you don't have to buy everything at one time," said Parker. "People buy plywood and they go ahead and pre-cut it to cover their windows. That's a lot of work to do when you know there's gonna be a hurricane hitting tomorrow."
 
If you live in Russell County, the tax holiday applies to incorporated areas. For a full list of participating areas, click on this link.
 
Phenix City officials say they will honor the tax break.

For a list of items that qualify as tax free click here.

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