The Moore American

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January 28, 2014

Shelter rebate offered

MOORE — Now through Feb. 28, the city of Moore will solicit applicants for a storm shelter installation rebate program.

For those selected and approved, the program will provide a one-time rebate of up to $2,500 after the applicant contracts for, installs and has city inspector approval of a storm shelter which meets or exceeds the requirements established in FEMA Publication 361.

To be eligible, a person must be the homeowner and resident of a single-family residence located within the city limits of the City of Moore. The residence where the storm shelter is installed must be the primary residence of the homeowner.

Homeowners whose primary residences were destroyed or received significant damage in the May 20 or May 31 tornados will receive first priority for selection. Significant damage will be determined based on the necessity of obtaining a building permit from the city. If a building permit was obtained for building a home to replace one destroyed on May 20, or a building permit was obtained for rebuilding/remodeling of a home damaged on May 20 or May 31, those residences will be given priority for a storm shelter rebate. (Note that they must still meet the other eligibility requirements.) Final authority for determination of priority status will rest with the program manager.

All other residences will receive next priority.

The city has promoted and encouraged the swift rebuilding of homes destroyed by the May 20 tornado. Therefore, homeowners whose primary residences were destroyed in the May 20 tornado and who have already rebuilt within Moore and have incorporated a storm shelter will be eligible for a rebate. All other eligibility requirements must be met, including ownership, primary residence, and conformance to FEMA standards. No other shelter which has already been constructed will be eligible for a rebate.

If more persons apply for the program than funds are immediately available for, each registrant will be assigned a number and selection will be made via computerized random number generator.

To register, visit soonersafe.ok.gov.

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