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Ohio EMA offers rebates to homeowners for tornado safe rooms

More than $1.5 million in rebates have been awarded to homeowners for the construction of more than 200 safe rooms across the state.
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COLUMBUS — Homeowners throughout Ohio can apply to receive reimbursement for the purchase and construction/installation of a tornado safe room inside or outside of their homes.

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency is accepting applications for its Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program. A safe room is a structure specifically designed to provide near-absolute protection in extreme weather events. The Ohio EMA’s rebate program provides a rebate of up to 75 percent — up to a maximum of $4,875 — to homeowners selected for the program. 

"The entire state of Ohio is vulnerable to tornadoes,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a news release. “Safe rooms are costly, but they can save lives — which is why we want to help homeowners with the expense.”

This is the eighth year for the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program. More than $1.5 million in rebates have been awarded to homeowners for the construction of more than 200 safe rooms across the state.

Safe rooms can be constructed/installed in one of several places in the home, including in the basement; beneath a concrete slab-on-grade foundation or garage floor; or in an interior room on the first floor. A safe room also may be buried in the yard or be a stand-alone structure near the home.

The deadline to apply to participate in the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program is 5 p.m. April 6.

For more information and to apply, click here.