FEMA Grant to Help Build Tornado Shelters in Oklahoma

October 16, 2009

Residents of a southern Oklahoma town that was devastated by a deadly tornado are getting help to build storm shelters in their homes.

Lone Grove City Manager Marianne Elfert says half of a $600,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant will go to the town’s residents, and the rest will go to other Carter County residents.

Eight people died and homes and businesses were destroyed when an EF-4 tornado ripped through the town Feb. 10.

Elfert says she doesn’t know if shelters would have saved those who died, but officials must try to minimize loss of life in the future.

A homeowner will get a rebate of 75 percent of the installation cost of an above-ground safe room or underground shelter costing up to $2,000.

Information from: The Daily Ardmoreite, www.ardmoreite.com

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  • September 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm
    Diana Bailey says:
    I live in the county area of Tuttle, Oklahoma. Where and who do we aquire the information necessary to contact FEMA for the grants for assistance for installing a storm shelt... read more
  • June 9, 2011 at 10:12 am
    Junebug says:
    Want to build a storm shelter in rural kay county, can I get help from a Fema Grant?
  • May 31, 2011 at 9:24 am
    Robert Jinkens says:
    I live in Washington County and have ordered a storm shelter from Family Safe and have about five weeks before install. Can I receive a grant or rebate?
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