JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Arkansas residents have the opportunity to install a tornado safe room or shelter and be reimbursed for part of the cost.
The Arkansas State Shelter Reimbursement Program pays for up to 50 percent of the installation costs on a shelter, up to a maximum reimbursement of $1,000.
David Moore, Director of the Craighead County Office Emergency Management, says there are certain requirements you must meet to qualify for the program. "It's got to be for your primary residence, you have to be the owner of the property. Also, you just install it and pay for it, it has to be paid for everything in place."
Applications are available at emergency management offices across Region 8 and online at the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management's website.
Applications statewide will be accepted on July 14 and 15 only. However, Moore says applications must be submitted to local offices before those dates to be processed and inspected.
The deadline for Craighead County is July 8. Moore says that date was made in order to coordinate inspections of those shelters.
Moore believes people should take advantage of the program. "As I see these shelters going in, I know those people are going to be protected during a tornado. I have a little better feeling knowing we've got a lot of people out there. I wish we had one in every house."