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ADEM Opens Up Storm Shelter Rebate Program for Limited Time

BY MELANIE BUCK –

After closing the Storm Shelter Rebate Program on June 30, 2015, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) has announced that they will accept applications for shelters in place before that date, but only for a short time.

In a statement released by ADEM, they said, “After hearing the concerns of Arkansans, ADEM will begin accepting applications for shelters installed on or before June 30, 2015. Applications will be accepted between August 4, 2015 and 4:30 p.m. on January 29, 2016. ADEM made recommendations to Governor Hutchinson regarding the closing of this program and he has approved this course of action.”

The key to this program is that the shelter must have already been installed before June 30, 2015. ADEM said that in order for an application to be complete, shelter installation must be verified by the jurisdiction’s local emergency manager. Additional required information can be found in the application packet that is available by clicking on one of the links below. Completed applications will be accepted from either the local emergency manager or directly from the applicant after they have received all required signatures and documents. Electronic submissions will not be accepted. Polk County’s Emergency Manager, James Reeves, can be reached at 479-394-8141 or at the Office of Emergency Management, located in the Courthouse.

ADEM warns that funds for this batch of applications will be given to applicants as it is received and that could take as long as July 2016. In recent years, the number of applications has far outnumbered the amount of funding available through the program. The program covers up to 50 percent of the cost and installation not to exceed $1,000. The statewide rebate program applies to persons who have installed safe rooms or in-ground shelters at their primary residence on or after Jan. 21, 1999. Safe room/shelter installation must meet FEMA Publication 320 or National Performance Criteria for Tornado Shelters standards.

Physical Mailing address for applications is:
ADEM – Mitigation
Building 9501
Camp Joseph T. Robinson
North Little Rock, AR 72199

Shelter Packet FY 2016

Shelter Rebate Application

Shelter Certification Form

FEMA P-320, Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business (2014)

FEMA P-361 – Design and Construction Guidance for Community Safe Rooms

ICC 500-2014: ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters

Tornado Safe Room Door Fact Sheet

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