No money yet for Oklahoma City in safe room rebate program

A relative lack of disasters this year in Oklahoma means there isn't as much money as expected for a safe room installation rebate program. Oklahoma City will not yet get money for the rebates as a result.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Published: August 27, 2012
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Although it's good news there have been relatively few large-scale disasters recently in Oklahoma, it means there's not as much money for a federal safe room installation rebate program as officials expected.

Available federal funding in Oklahoma for the rebate program has been used up, and there was no influx of new money this year because of a lack of recent federally declared disasters, authorities said. Oklahoma City is among the communities that will not get money for the program for now.

More federal funds for the program could come into the state the next time there's a federally declared disaster, state Emergency Management Department Deputy Director Michelann Ooten said.

“Unfortunately, we will have more disasters in Oklahoma,” she said.

‘Holding pattern'

The program was set up to give approved homeowners the chance to get partial rebates for installing storm shelters at their homes.

Shelters had to be of an approved type, and the homeowners had to go through a long application process.

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Unfortunately, we will have more disasters in Oklahoma.”

Michelann Ooten, state Emergency Management Department Deputy Director

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