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Sun December 25, 2011

Safe Room Rebate

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. City offering rebate program for safe rooms

(Information in the following story is from: KFOR-TV, http://www.kfor.com)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City has launched a program that will allow residents to get a tax rebate for the purchase of a safe room.

The city's plan mirrors a program offered by the state following deadly tornadoes this past spring.

Oklahoma City Emergency Management Director Frank Barnes told KFOR-TV that individual residential safe rooms can save lives.

He explained the program to the City Council earlier this week. Federal money will reimburse residents 75 percent for the cost of building a safe room, up to $2,000.In all, 504 homes will be selected.

Piedmont resident Jamey Zimmerman can attest to the wisdom of having a shelter. When an EF5 twister hit his home May 24th, he hid in the safe room.

The deadline to apply for the program is February 15th.