Earlier today Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin announced the start of SoonerSafe. SoonerSafe is a rebate program for safe rooms and storm shelters that is being managed by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. SoonerSafe provides assistance with the purchase and installation of safe rooms and storm shelters. SoonerSafe allows for a 75% rebate on the cost of a safe room or storm shelter, with the maximum rebate being $2,000.
To apply for the rebate program, please register at SoonerSafe.ok.gov. Registering for the program enters you into the lottery-style system to pick the winners. The winners will be notified via the email they registered for the program with on or after January 3rd, 2012. Registering for SoonerSafe only ensures that you will be considered for the program and does not guarantee that you will receive the rebate.
The program will use a random selection process so that everyone who registers will have an equal chance to be selected. Registering early will not improve your odds of being chosen. However, all Oklahoma homeowners whose homes were destroyed in the April 14th, 2011 or May 22-25, 2011 tornadoes will receive priority selection as part of this year’s program.
There’s not an exact number of rebates being awarded, but SoonerSafe is being funded using more than $1 million in federal grant money. SoonerSafe is anticipated to award at least 500 rebates to Oklahoma homeowners. This isn’t the first time FEMA has provided funding for Oklahoma homeowners to purchase safe rooms and/or storm shelters. Back after the May 1999 storms, FEMA’s initial safe room and storm shelter funding program was started in Oklahoma and was reinitiated again after the May 2003 storms.
During my phone call earlier today the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management has informed that they and FEMA intend for this to be a yearly program.
If you have any questions about this program, please contact us and we’ll do our best to answer any questions you may have. For a complete list of rules, please visit our post about SoonerSafe: Rules and Regulations.