CHICKASHA — Local homeowners interested in building a safe room may be eligible for a rebate program to help cover the cost.
Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson said approximately $50,000 is set aside for the program, which could fund approximately 20 shelters.
Those interested can pick up an application from a public meeting about the program at noon or 7 p.m. on July 11 in Room B of the Canadian Valley Technology Center's Chickasha campus.
Thompson said interested residents have to make one of the meetings.
"We're trying to accommodate everyone," he said.
The homeowner will be reimbursed 75 percent of the cost for the safe room up to $2,000 if their application for the program is accepted and they follow the program guidelines, Thompson said.
The funds will be disbursed after the shelter is installed, he said.
The guidelines state the shelter must be installed within 100 feet of the home, the home must be the homeowner's primary residence, the home can't be in a special flood hazard area, the shelter must meet FEMA standards and must be installed within six months.
Residents of municipalities in the county must also get a building permit from the city, if necessary.
To receive payment, homeowners have to present receipts showing the shelter's paid for, building permits if necessary, a signed and notarized affidavit indicating the shelter meets FEMA requirements, a photo of the shelter and front of the home, and have the shelter inspected.
Applications must be turned in by Aug. 15 at the Grady County Emergency Management Office at 315 W. Pennsylvania Ave. in Chickasha.