Applications Now Available for Ohio EMA Tornado Safe Room Rebates

Deadline to apply is Mar. 5 at 5 p.m.

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is again offering the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program to help Montgomery County homeowners build tornado safe rooms on their properties.

The Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program provides homeowners randomly selected for a rebate, with up to $4,875 toward the construction/installation of the safe room. It must meet Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requirements found in FEMA publications 320 and 361 and cannot be constructed or installed without first receiving the notification to proceed from Ohio EMA once.  

In 2019, 21 tornadoes struck Ohio during Memorial Day weekend. The tornadoes killed two people and caused an estimated $1 billion in damages, proving to be the most destructive natural disaster in Ohio history.

“Our community has been through a lot over the past two years and we understand just how real the damage from natural disasters can be,” said Montgomery County Commission President Judy Dodge. “The safety of citizens is our top priority, which is why we are pleased this program is once again available.”

The rebate program is funded by a partnership between the Ohio EMA and FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs. 

Applicants are selected using a computerized random selection process. Montgomery County homeowners have until 5 p.m. on March 5, 2021 to apply. Selected homeowners will be notified by e-mail of their position on the priority list on or after March 12.

More information is available at this link: http://www.ema.ohio.gov/ema_saferoom/saferoom-concept.aspx.