Ardmore Emergency Management Director Amber Wilson said she is no longer accepting applications for the Safe Room Rebate Program because she has reached the 150 limit.


Ardmore Emergency Management Director Amber Wilson said she is no longer accepting applications for the Safe Room Rebate Program because she has reached the 150 limit.

“I knew there would be a lot of interest, but I’m surprised how quickly the applications went,” she said. “I had planned for a two-week application period, but I received 133 applications on Tuesday.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency set aside money for the City of Ardmore to help homeowners build safe rooms and storm shelters. Financial assistance will be offered in the form of rebates of 75 percent of the installation cost of either an above-ground safe room or underground shelter up to $2,500.

Wilson said the scope of the program is contingent upon how much money the city receives from FEMA. She said although she has accepted 150 applications, there might not be enough money available to help every applicant. Funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

She added that applicants should not start work on their storm shelters or safe rooms until the city actually receives the money from FEMA. Otherwise, they might not be eligible for a rebate.