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EMA Offering Safe Room Rebates to Ohioans
COLUMBUS -- Ohio is offering a rebate for safe rooms to help protect people from tornadoes or high winds.
The Ohio Emergency Management Agency announced today the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program, which is expected to provide funds for 39 safe rooms to be built.
Nine additional homeowners are eligible from last year's rebate program.
According to the EMA, a safe room can be built in the basement, beneath a concrete foundation or garage floor or in an interior room on the first floor. A safe room can also be buried in the yard near the home or installed above ground, exterior of the home.
Not only is Ohio at risk of EF5 tornadoes, since as far back as 1968, the state has actually had nine, said Steve Ferryman, Ohio EMA mitigation branch chief. EF5 tornadoes produce winds exceeding 200 mph and are capable of destroying most structures. A safe room is built to withstand these winds and airborne debris. A safe room provides near-absolute protection for its occupants.
Residents selected for the program are eligible for a rebate up to 75 percent of the cost to install or construct a safe room up to a maximum of $5,250. To apply for the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program, homeowners have until 5 p.m. April 18, to register on the Ohio EMA website.
Ohio EMA says it plans to offer this rebate each year, as long as state and federal funds remains available.
Photo by Kitty Marchant: The April 3, 1974, Xenia tornado, as it hits downtown Xenia. In this photo, the tornado was striking the Adairs furniture store and side-swiping the Greene County Courthouse, approaching Shawnee Park and the old Xenia High School.
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