TUSCALOOSA – Is your family ready for severe weather, a fire or worse?

Alabama’s annual severe weather preparedness sales tax holiday kicks off today.

Lowe’s Assistant Store Manager Mark Fehn said it’s the perfect time to buy items you may not typically think of.

“Generators are only a waste until you need them, then they’re a lifesaver,” he said.

While Fehn said sales only increase marginally during the tax break, he said he still believes the weekend is great for those who may not be able to afford some items normally.

Tuscaloosa Fire Marshall Gene Holcomb said the lower prices could also lighten the load of his department.

“A lot of homeowners are do-it-yourselfers and would take care of themselves and take care of their problems if they have these supplies,” he said. “And that relieves us to provide services to other people who can’t do it for themselves.”

Items covered include:

  • Batteries
  • Phone chargers
  • Portable radios
  • Flashlights
  • Tarps and plastic sheeting
  • Bungie cords or rope
  • Duct tape
  • Protective window coverings, like plywood
  • Non-electric food or water coolers
  • Non-electric can openers
  • First-aid kits
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Fuel tanks or containers
  • Portable generators

For a comprehensive list of items exempt from tax this weekend, click here.

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