As 2015 begins to funnel towards May–notorious for tornadoes in southwest Oklahoma–those without safe rooms may especially feel the change in the air. 

The Grady County Home Finance Authority has agreed to finance another safe room project for residents in Grady County, Dale Thompson, Grady County Emergency Management Director, said in a release. 

For those familiar with last year's safe room project, this year's safe room project will be much the same, Thompson said.

"As in years past, the rebate will be 75 percent of the cost up to $2,000," Thompson said. 

As with last year, the safe room project "season" will kick off with a public meeting after July 1, 2015. 

The meeting is intended to familiarize safe room applicants with the process as well as provide a platform for citizens to ask questions. The meeting is open to all residents in Grady County, but applicants must own and live on the property where the safe room is to be built. Rental properties and businesses are not eligible.

"We will have program guidelines and applications for any homeowner in Grady County along with the time lines for the applications to be turned in, time for installation and rebate requirements," Thompson said. 

The public meeting place and time will be announced in June as soon as a facility and materials are obtained. There is no need to contact the Grady County Emergency Management Office before the date is announced.  The date and time will be published via local media and Grady County and Tuttle Emergency Management Facebook pages. 

Grady County Emergency Management will administer this safe room project as in years past working closely with the Tuttle Emergency Manager Sean Douglas, Thompson said.

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