Oklahoma announces safe room rebate program

A 75 percent rebate — up to $2,000 — will be available to about 500 Oklahomans next year through a random computer drawing.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: September 28, 2011

Oklahomans who want to build a tornado safe room may enter a statewide drawing to get a cash rebate.

A 75 percent rebate — up to $2,000 — will be available to about 500 Oklahomans next year under the SoonerSafe-Safe Room Rebate Program announced Tuesday by Gov. Mary Fallin and state emergency management officials.

The state is using $1 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for the rebates.

Emergency Management Director Albert Ashwood said it's hoped the rebates will be offered annually.

Residents may apply through Jan. 3 to be eligible for the rebates. The drawing will be Jan. 3, Fallin said.

To apply for the rebate, Oklahomans should register online at www.soonersafe.ok.gov.

The rebate program is open to all Oklahoma homeowners for their primary residence only. Businesses, apartment complexes or other multifamily structures are not eligible. Mobile homeowners are eligible if they also own the property on which their mobile home sets.

Priority selection

Homeowners whose homes were destroyed in the April 14 Tushka tornado or the May 22-25 tornado outbreaks in central and northeastern Oklahoma will receive priority selection for this year's rebates, Ashwood said.

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