It's an opportunity some neighbors with a storm shelter call "too good to pass up". Broken Arrow is offering an opportunity for neighbors to get their own storm shelter, up to $2,000 off.
It's a program sponsored by FEMA, which Broken Arrow Emergency Management Director Jamie Ott says is already paid for. He says up to 100 applicants can get 75% off a new storm shelter or safe room, up to $2,000.
Applicants must attend one of two 6:30 p.m. informational meetings on October 4 and October 9, and satisfy the following requirements:
"To participate: [you] must be the homeowner, must be your primary residence (income properties not eligible), home must be located within the City of Broken Arrow, shelter cannot be installed in a floodplain, must submit paperwork for rebate, already installed units are not eligible for rebate," city representatives said in a release.
The release went on to say, "the rebate program is a process that could take several months to complete, though applicants only need to submit a one-page Voluntary Participation Notice, which can be completed during the public information meetings."
Shelters can be above-ground inside or outside your home, or underground. Ott says all must be certified by FEMA.