As we first told you last week, the outbreak of deadly tornadoes has sparked increased interest in shelters here on the South Plains.
Now, those who want to build one could get some financial support from the federal government.
Shelter from the storm can be expensive. Most units cost at least $4,000 to provide safety for 6 people. But the Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering rebates through the South Plains Association of Governments on a first come first serve basis.
"It's going to be $2,500 or below that we would reimburse. So if someone had a $4,000 safe room we would reimburse $2,000 of it," said Elena Quintanilla
In order to be eligible, homeowners can't live in a FEMA designated floodplain. Builders must be certified members of the National Storm Shelter Association or the American Tornado Shelter Association. NSSA shelters go through testing at Texas Tech
The Janeway family just had their shelter installed Tuesday. "In this house the interior hallway is where we would have to go," Kristina Janeway continued. "There is no protection there either."
The shelter is below ground in their garage. It was installed by FlatSafe, and was finished in about 5 hours. "They come in they cut it out, they remove the concrete and dig it out," said Eddie Janeway.
Janeway says the company also recorded the shelter's location with GPS so authorities know where to look in case of disasters. The shelter can be installed underneath your car, but is still accessible if the vehicle is parked on top.
"Your car actually provides protection by being pulled over it and we felt that was our best choice for our use of space and the money," Eddie Janeway said.
SPAG says after you submit the application and get approved; it should take 60-90 days to get a reimbursement check.
You must live within one of the 15 counties SPAG serves across the South Plains including: Bailey, Cochran, Crosby, Dickens, Floyd, Garza, Hale, Hockley, King, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley, Terry, and Youkum Counties.
(Click_here) for an application for a rebate. You can also view more information from SPAG (click_here).
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