OFFICE OF GOVERNOR ROBERT BENTLEY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2013
MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley on Wednesday urged people across Alabama to take advantage of this weekend’s state sales tax holiday for severe weather preparedness items.
Friday, February 22 – Sunday, February 24, 2012 is Alabama’s second annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. This sales tax holiday serves as a way to encourage Alabama residents to build and stock up on items for their family disaster preparedness kit. The following items are eligible:
Winter Weather Safety Tips (from the National Weather Service Birmingham)
Keep ahead of a winter weather by listening to the latest weather warnings and bulletins on NOAA Weather Radio, local radio or television. Be alert to changing conditions and avoid unnecessary travel. Also, make sure you check and stock your home/business emergency kit.
Christmas Day Tornadoes in Alabama
For those interested in volunteering after the Christmas Day tornadoes, please review the most effective ways to help those in need:
Affiliate with existing non-profit organizations before coming to the disaster area. Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained to respond in the most effective way. You may also sign up at www.handsonsal.org.
Be safe: Do not self-deploy. Register and wait until you have been notified of a specific volunteer need. Once assigned a position, make sure you have been given an assignment and are wearing proper safety gear for the task.
Follow these tips when thinking about ways to effectively volunteer or donate to the Hurricane Sandy response efforts.
· Volunteers are very beneficial to the response and recovery efforts after a disaster and are most effective when affiliating with a non-profit organization. Do not self-deploy to the affected areas. To register your interest, visit HandsOn Network. To find volunteer opportunities, visit Points of Light Disaster Volunteer Opportunities.
· The most effective donations after disasters are financial donations. Visit the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) website to donate to those non-profit organizations that are active in disaster response.
· Additional information about Hurricane Sandy response efforts can be found at: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center at Capitol Hill
2500 Legends Circle
Date: December 11, 2012
Time: Registration begins at 8am. Workshop will be from 9am-4pm.
Conference Registration: $25 per participant - You can register online by clicking
Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the Montgomery Area Food Bank and will be entered to win a Ready AL Evac Pack!