ABiLENE - The West Central Texas Council of Governments (WCTCOG) is proud to announce the continuance of the Safe Room/Storm Shelter Rebate Program.

ABiLENE - The West Central Texas Council of Governments (WCTCOG) is proud to announce the continuance of the Safe Room/Storm Shelter Rebate Program.

The Safe Room/Storm Shelter Residential Reimbursement Rebate Program will provide funding to single-family home owners to cover one-half the cost of installing tornado shelters or safe rooms in new or existing homes up to a maximum rebate amount of $3,000 per unit installed.

The program also requires that each installed unit has been certified as meeting the standards set for tornado shelters by the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) and American Tornado Shelter Association (ATSA) before the rebate can be paid. These shelter units are intended for homes within the West Central Texas 19-county region which includes Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Fisher, Haskell, Jones, Kent, Knox, Mitchell, Nolan, Runnels, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor and Throckmorton counties.

WCTCOG submitted the application for Safe Room Rebate program funding to the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) which is responsible for administering the program in Texas but the funding originates with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Safe Room program is one of the grants available under FEMA’s family of Mitigation Grant Programs. For more information or to download an application, visit http://www.wctcog.org/saferoom.php or email: stormshelterprogram@westcentraltexas.org The application deadline is Sept. 30.