Ford Lumber Company, located at 6400 Moffett Road, just at the eastern city limits of Semmes Al, has been supplying building materials to our community since 1957. Most of you probably know that Ford Lumber is dedicated to community involvement and most people in our area recognize them as a true community partner – active in local builders’ associations and construction industry trade organizations. It’s true that Ford Lumber has a huge customer base of professional builders and businesses. It’s just as true that that they never forget the average homeowner or the not-so-handy types in our community. If you’ve ever experienced a hurricane preparation frenzy, you know that many of the essentials are the first to go.
Sales Tax Holiday
Alabama will hold its fourth annual sales tax holiday, beginning Friday, February 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. and ending Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 12 midnight, giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain severe weather preparedness items free of state sales tax. The City Of Semmes, the City Of Mobile and Mobile County all participate in this sales tax holiday. Covered Items
Portable self-powered or battery-powered radio, two-way radio, weatherband radio or NOAA weather radio
Portable self-powered light source, including battery-powered flashlights, lanterns, or emergency glow sticks
TarpaulinPlastic sheetingPlastic drop clothsOther flexible, waterproof sheetingGround anchor system, such as bungee cords or rope, or tie-down kitDuct tapePlywood, window film or other materials specifically designed to protect window coveringsNon-electric food storage cooler or water storage container
Non-electric can opener
Artificial iceBlue iceIce packsReusable iceSelf-contained first aid kitFire extinguisherSmoke detectorCarbon monoxide detector
Gas or Diesel fuel tank or container
Coin batteriesAutomobile and boat batteries
Any portable generator and power cords used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage. A purchase with a sales price of $1,000 or less qualifies for tax exempt status. Supplies with a single item cost of less that $60 qualify for the tax exempt status.
Did You Know You Can Reach 911 By Texting? Our call this morning to the Mobile County Communications District, 911, confirmed that texting 911 is available for residents of Mobile County if the cell phone carrier is Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T or Sprint. The goal of providing texting capabilities is to provide texting to 9-1-1 capability to the residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, as well as others who need to use text in emergency situations. How to text 9-1-1 in an emergency:
• Enter the numbers “911” in the “To” field;
• The first text message to 9-1-1 should be brief and contain the location of the emergency and type of help needed;
• Push the “Send” button. • Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 call taker.
(Family Features) Americans who have recently endured a prolonged power outage at home are much more likely to improve their family’s emergency preparation for the future, according to a recent report. A 2014 survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Briggs & Stratton found almost one in four U.S. adults had endured a power outage lasting 12 hours or more in the last two years. That experience motivated two-thirds of respondents to be more prepared for future incidents, according to the survey. “The high percentage of respondents who took action to better prepare their families and homes for future emergency situations really underscores the level of frustration a power outage can cause families who aren’t properly prepared,” said Amanda Grandy, with Briggs & Stratton. Your Preparedness Checklist: Planning Ahead
When you have advance warning of a potential loss of power, which is often caused by a strong weather system, there are many steps families can take to minimize the stress it can cause.
Score a big win for GMO opponents. This past Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, the US Senate announced they would let the Mosanto Protection Act expire at the end of September. The act protected large biotech firms like Mosanto from lawsuits and barred federal intervention even if genetically-engineered foods caused damage to one’s health. The US House of Representatives approved a three-month extension to the act but the Senate version stted the act will expire September 30, 2013.