Rebate program offers financial help to those installing storm shelters in Washington County

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Okla. — A special program in Washington County is offering financial help to those wishing to build a storm shelter.

Storm shelters can save lives but cost thousands to install. Washington County Emergency Management is helping to pay for them with its shelter rebate program.

The program is for homeowners in Washington County who are getting shelters installed. They must fill out an application for the grant. Once approved, they’ll pay for the shelter out of their own pocket. Once the shelter is installed and approved by FEMA standards, the homeowner will be reimbursed up to $2,500.

In 2017, the shelter rebate program helped 86 residents get storm shelters in Washington County. This year, their goal is to distribute 100 rebates.

The program is offered every 3 to 4 years. Washington County residents will be notified if they receive the grant by Christmas.

The application deadline is September 3rd. You can apply at http://wcema-ok.gov.