Don’t forget to take advantage of tax savings this weekend for those all-important items that may make it easier for you to face the next emergency. It’s all part of efforts across our state to make sure we are all better prepared for the next time disaster strikes.
You can buy a weather radio or first aid kit as well as duct tape, plywood and plastic tarps. What about batteries for your flashlight or a car charger for your cell phone, in case the power is out at home?
Do you have a hand-operated can opener? A fire extinguisher? A cooler for your food? All are tax-exempt from midnight tonight through Sunday, as long as each individual item costs less than $60.
In addition to the state sales tax exemption, some area cities and counties are lifting their sales tax for the same purpose this weekend. Look for additional savings if you shop in Blount, Shelby and Walker counties.
You also can give to the Emergency Response Fund of the Community Foundation, where you can get a tax deduction (rather than a tax exemption) for your contribution to tornado recovery that is continuing for so many in our Birmingham area. Join us and together we will be ready to meet long-term needs today and for the next emergency that strikes.