Public Kick Off Meeting & Grayson County Safe Room Rebate Program Announced

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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX - On the fourth anniversary of the December 8, 2008, tornado in Grayson County, the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management announces the receipt of a grant award of $465,000 that will save lives and reduce injury during severe weather.

Grayson County OEM will host a kick off meeting for Grayson County property owners on Saturday, December 15, 2012, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. at: Grayson College Center for Workplace Learning
6101 Grayson Drive
Denison, Texas 75020

The purpose of the meeting is to provide an orientation and overview of the new Grayson County Individual Safe Room Rebate Program which is made possible through a recent $465,000 grant from the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Sarah Somers, the Grayson County Emergency Management Coordinator advised: “This program will make it possible for eligible applicants to receive a rebate of fifty percent (50%) of the cost of the installation of an interior, exterior or in ground safe room -- what your grandparents likely refer to as a storm cellar. The maximum available rebate will be $3000. “

To be eligible, the installation must be Grayson County residential and can be in any of our sixteen cities or the unincorporated area. In addition, the safe room cannot be installed in a floodplain and, if in a city, must comply with all city building requirements and regulations. The safe room must meet all FEMA P-320 standards and be affixed with a seal certifying its compliance with those standards from either the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) or the American Tornado Shelter Association (ATSA.) Additional information about the rebate process will be available to the public at the meeting on December 15, 2012, including application assistance. Safe room examples will be on display in the parking lot outside the Center for Workplace Learning. Unfortunately, rebates will not be available for existing or in progress installations. Only pre-approved installations with a notice of award from Grayson County OEM will be eligible for rebates.

The applications for rebate will be available at the meeting on December 15 and on the Grayson County website and program offices beginning Monday, December 17, 2012. No applications will be accepted before December 17, 2012, at 8 AM.

Tornados kill people in the United States every year. 2011 was the second most deadly year since 1900 with 553 deaths. Somers said: “Bottom line: when a tornado warning is issued for Grayson County, we want everyone to have a plan in place and a safe haven from the storm. We encourage in particular applications from those who live in manufactured or mobile homes. With increased warning capabilities and better building practices, we see fewer and fewer incidents of injury and death with tornados. We’d like to keep it that way. We hope to see a standing-room-only crowd at the Grayson College auditorium next Saturday, December 15. We are excited about what this investment of federal funds might mean to the safety of our community.”

Public contact information for the program is:
Grayson County Website:
Telephone: 903-813-5215
Address: 100 W. Houston, Third Floor, Sherman, Texas, 75090

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