$6,000 Rebate Available
The Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA) is now offering an Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program that will provide eligible homeowners an 87.5 percent rebate for the purchase and installation of a residential safe room, up to $6,000. A safe room can be either an above ground or underground space built to be a shelter from tornadoes or damaging winds. Funding for the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program is made available through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant program, and the state of Ohio.
Homeowners may apply for the rebate program online at https://ohiosharpp.ema.state.oh.us/OhioSafeRoomRebate/. Applications will be randomly selected by a computerized process and the selected homeowners will be notified on or after October 5, 2012. If your application is chosen, you will be required to attend a one-hour briefing to cover the program rules, and then homeowners will have until March 1, 2014 to install the safe room on their property. For complete safe room construction guidelines, use FEMA Publication 320 and/or 361 for residential safe rooms, available at http://www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/saferoom/residential.shtm.
“Safe rooms can save lives,” said Clermont County EMA director Pam Broughton. “Having a safe room can protect your family or neighbors from tornadoes, damaging winds, or other severe weather events.” Nationwide, an average of 800 tornadoes are reported each year, resulting in approximately 80 deaths and more than 1,500 injuries.
If you would like more information about this program, visit the website https://ohiosharpp.ema.state.oh.us/ohiosaferoomrebate/.