DOTHAN-- Sinclair and his wife heard on W-T-V-Y this past week that the state is encouraging people to shop for hurricane preparedness items this weekend by offering a tax free holiday.
"She had heard on the news about preparing for bad weather. So she told me today if we came out to buy batteries that they'd be tax free."
And Sinclair is preparing now because he and his family got caught off-guard during Hurricane Opal a few years back.
"It kind of caught us off guard because we weren't really prepared for it because we really didn't think it was gonna be that bad so with the power being out for several days, I prepare ahead of time now."
"And store officials are saying that if you still have items on your hurricane preparedness checklist left to get, you might need to hurry to the store because the tax-free holiday ends tonight and the shelves are clearing fast."
"Plywood items have been selling very well and duct tapes. We're really low on our weather radios. So a lot of those items that are gonna be hit for preparedness are selling through pretty quickly."
But Phillips says many people weren't even aware of the sales tax holiday until they got to the store.
"A lot of people were surprised when we said by the way there is a tax cut on this."
But Sinclair says it's still important that everyone is aware.
"I tell everybody now to get out and get your stuff because if stuff gets bad a lot of people rush in and see, I won't have to come back out, I can stay at home because I'm already prepared."
So stock up while you still have a tax-free chance.