Alabama: Sales Tax and Emergency Preparedness
- Feb 17, 2012 | Susan McLain
Alabama was hit by “…a long day of deadly, destructive tornadoes in April 2011, including an outbreak in Cullman County that ran from dawn to dusk.” Now, the storm season is soon to be at Alabama’s doorstep again. This is causing communities to strive to be on the alert and prepared for this year’s possible onslaught.
In response to the greater awareness of emergency preparedness, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley proposes legislation “…to waive the sales tax once per year on weather radios, flashlights, generators and other supplies needed to help prepare for weather disasters.”
One retailer, Ed Lins, in Cullman, Alabama “…said weather radio sales have been consistent through the years, but especially after last year’s tornadoes.” Lins continues to say that, “Dropping the sales tax would save about $3, which could buy batteries.”
In addition to this proposed sales tax waiver/holiday, local communities are striving to inform and train their residents. Cullman has scheduled a free weather preparedness class on March 20 at Cullman City Hall starting at 6 pm. The class will provide information “…on how to read signs of impending severe weather and what to do when a strong storm or tornado is inevitable.”
According to Cullman County Emergency Management Agency Director Phyllis Little, “It’s a great opportunity to get information that can save your life.”