Are You Ready for the Next Big Storm? This Could Save You

States with Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holidays

  • Alabama: Typically the last full weekend in February. Has been an annual event since 2012.
  • Virginia: Usually occurs in August, aligning with hurricane season.

Important Notes:

  • Eligible Items: Each state determines which items are tax-exempt. Common items include batteries, flashlights, first-aid kits, generators (up to a certain price), tarps, fire extinguishers, etc.
  • Local Taxes: Some cities and counties within these states may also waive their local sales taxes during the holiday.
  • Dates: The specific dates of these holidays might change from year to year.

Alabama Does It Right: Demand a Tax Break for Disaster Supplies

Alabama’s got the right idea with their annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. It’s time for other states, especially those prone to tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods, to follow suit!

Imagine stocking up on essential disaster supplies without the extra burden of sales tax. That’s the power of a sales tax holiday, and it makes a HUGE difference for families preparing for the worst.

Why This Matters:

  • Encourages Preparedness: Saving money means people are more likely to proactively stock up, rather than scrambling when disaster strikes.
  • Economic Boost: Local businesses see increased sales on crucial items.
  • Peace of Mind: It helps everyone feel more secure knowing they have the essentials on hand.

Must-Haves for Your Emergency Kit (and these rarely get discounts):

  • Batteries (ALL sizes): Power outages are common. Stock up now!
  • Flashlights & Lanterns: Reliable light sources are vital.
  • First-Aid Kit: For immediate treatment of injuries.
  • Non-perishable Food & Water: Enough to last several days.
  • Portable Radio: Stay informed on weather updates.
  • Whistle: To signal for help if trapped.
  • Important Documents (copies): Insurance, IDs, etc. in a waterproof container

Many states already offer back-to-school sales tax holidays, helping families afford essential supplies for the classroom. It’s time we apply the same logic to weather preparedness. Storms, floods, and tornadoes are far more unpredictable than the start of a school year. We need to make it easier for people to protect themselves and their families when disaster strikes.

Tip: You can always depend on us to bring you school closings here and here during weather events.

Let’s Make Our Voices Heard!

Contact your state representatives! Tell them you support a Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. Share this post, tag your friends, and let’s spread the word. Being prepared shouldn’t break the bank!

While some states do this and we hope that others follow you still want to be storm-ready whether you get a tax discount or not!!

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