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If you've already tried to purchase a quality storm shelter, safe room, tornado shelter, or panic room from a retailer, but haven't been able to secure financing or come up with the money yourself in your budget, there's good news! Several rebates are being offered by federal and state agencies to help get all residents of "Tornado Alley" into their own safe haven for as little money as possible. and the even better news about rebates and grants is, once you're eligible for one and you're approved, you never have to pay that money back.
For some of these rebates and grants, you don't even have to do anything but be in the right place at the right time. Literally. Are you an Oklahoma citizen? Then the SoonerSafe Safe Room Rebate Program might change your luck. A yearly lottery (twice a year or maybe more if a tornado strikes and causes major damage), it awards up to $2000 for a residential homeowner to put towards a tornado shelter, and has so far already helped nearly a thousand Sooner State residents get the protection they deserve. When major disasters occur across the state, FEMA and the Red Cross will usually open up some sort of disaster relief that includes funding for new storm shelters, though like most federal assistance, there's only so much to go around and your chances are vastly improved the sooner (and the more often) you apply.
For cities and towns, there are individual rebate programs that have different requirements for approval; most of these tend to go to bigger cities first and leave more rural areas out in the cold, but keeping your eyes and ears open can pay off. Oklahoma City, for example, offers the Storm Shelter Rebate Oklahoma program, which will cover a full 75 percent of the cost of your new storm shelter -- but it must be a new storm shelter, built for a house you yourself own, that is located in the city limits of OKC. You can get up to $2000 of free money if you do qualify, however! The nearby city of Moore, still struggling to recover from the deadly suburban storms of 2013, is still offering rebates of up to $2500 as part of their ShelterMoore Storm Shelter Rebate program.
If you're a proud member of one of the Sooner State's Native American tribes, assistance may also be available in setting up tornado protection. Members of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Citizen Potawatomi and Shawnee tribes are eligible for up to $2500 in reimbursement from their particular counties, while the whole of Cleveland and Canadian Counties offer the same amount to qualified residents looking to install a new tornado shelter, storm safe, or safe room. Residents of Midwest City, Mustang, Newcastle, Norman, Shawnee, Stillwater, and Tuttle may also be able to unlock between $2000 and $2500 in rebates from their respective towns under recent rebate programs. There's no reason not to at least check out one of these available programs... it costs nothing to apply, and there's nothing to pay back, so get started on your new cost effective, partially funded tornado shelter today!