A Severe Weather Preparedness tax free weekend runs from Friday, July 6 through Sunday, July 8, 2012 in many Alabama cities in Jefferson and Shelby counties. This is a great time to purchase supplies during this sales tax holiday including batteries, flashlights, first aid kits, weather radios, gas tanks, plywood, food storage coolers, and many other supplies that will get you through a storm.
The 2012 Alabama Severe Weather sales tax holiday starts at 12:01 a.m. CST on July 6 and ends at midnight on Sunday, July in the following cities: Adamsville, Argo, Center Point, Clay, Fairfield, Fultondale, Gardendale, Graysville, Homewood, Hoover, Hueytown, Irondale, Leeds, Morris, Mountain Brook, Pinson, Tarrant, Trussville, Vestavia Hills, Warrior, Calera, Columbiana, Helena,and Montevallo.
According to the Alabama Department of Revenue, retailers are required to participate and may not charge tax on items that are legally tax-exempt during the Sales Tax Holiday. Buy the following items to prepare for upcoming storms without paying state, county and city sales tax between July 6-8:
- Self-powered or battery-powered radios (includes 2-way, weatherband and NOAA weather radios)
- First-aid kits
- Fire extinguishers
- Smoke detectors
- Reusable ice, artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs
- Batteries including AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt and 6-volt
- Cellphone batteries
- Carbon monoxide detectors
- Gas or diesel fuel tanks or containers
- Self-powered lights. Includes: Battery-powered flashlights, lanterns, emergency glow sticks
- Plastic sheeting, drop cloths, or flexible/waterproof sheeting
- Ground anchor systems including bungee cords,rope, or tie-down kits
- Duct tape
- Plywood, window film or other materials designed to protect window coverings
- Non-electric food storage coolers or water storage containers
- Nonelectric can openers
Twitter Weather Resources
- The Weather Channel: Latest weather news, in conjunction with TWC Breaking News Twitter feed.
- Breaking Weather: Breaking weather news and weather stories from AccuWeather.com
- Connect to your Twitter account via m.twitter.com on your mobile device if you do not have a smartphone or tablet. If you don’t have an account, you can set one up via SMS text messages using your cellphone. Find instructions here.
Facebook Weather Resources
- The Weather Channel: Weather updates, photos, video
iPhone and iPad Weather App
Mobile and Smartphone Weather Resources
- The Weather Channel Mobile: Weather.com on your mobile phone provides detailed weather information
- Weather Text Alerts: The Weather Channel offers text message weather updates (SMS messages are no longer available on the Sprint/Nextel, Boost, and Virgin Mobile networks.)
Red Cross App and Website: The Red Cross’ Safe and Well website allows users to update their Facebook and Twitter status to let friends and family know they are safe. The iPhone app gives the location of all open Red Cross shelters, maps the location of a shelter and shows current capacity and population.
- Download the Red Cross app for iPhone here.
- Access the Red Cross Safe and Well website here.
- If you do not have an iPhone, go to to www.redcross.org and click on “Find a Shelter.”
Auto and Home Insurance Apps:
Geico, Progressive, Allstate, USAA and State Farm are among the many insurance companies that have iPhone and Android apps available to their customers.
If you have a Blackberry or standard mobile phone, you use the following mobile apps: