Oklahoma City officials soon will notify 504 homeowners that they are eligible to receive a rebate of up to $2,000 for installing a storm shelter.
But be careful about wishing for another federal grant to pay for more shelter rebates.
It would mean something bad happened in the area.
The city administers the program using federal hazard mitigation grant money, city Emergency Manager Frank Barnes said.
The money is given to states after disasters to help protect against future threats.
If there's another round of funding for shelters, the city will apply for more, Barnes said.
“It just depends on the availability of the funding, and the availability of the funding is tied to disaster declarations,” Barnes said.
“We don't want anything bad to happen to the state. We don't want any disasters.”
About 3,300 city residents applied for this round of rebates, which can pay for up to 75 percent of the cost of an approved storm cellar.
The 504 people chosen by a lottery to receive the rebates, along with alternate recipients, will be notified by Friday.
The residents can select from storm cellars or safe rooms approved by the city. To remain eligible, homeowners must get permission to proceed before installation.
The application process involves several steps and approval from the federal government, so installations likely won't occur until after this spring, Barnes said.
The 504 homeowners and are evenly distributed throughout the city's eight wards.
Some of the roughly 3,300 applicants weren't eligible to receive the rebate because of issues with the location of the property, Barnes said.
Homes in historic districts and homes with any portion of the property in designated flood plains were not eligible because of federal rules.
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Estimated costs for installing a storm shelter range from $2,000 to about $8,000, according to Oklahoma City