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Second storm shelter rebate program announced
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Second storm shelter rebate program announced

Months after a devastating string of tornadoes tore through Oklahoma, the City of Stillwater is helping residents prepare for the next round of storms.

Officials said they had more than 800 households apply to receive reimbursement for a residential safe room.

The city has applied for a FEMA grant to reimburse residents up to a certain percentage of the purchase price of a storm shelter.

However, authorities say the process could take months to complete.

In the meantime, residents are advised to not purchase their safe rooms until they receive a letter from the city.

Officials also say those who faxed or emailed applications need to come to the Municipal Building to sign their application before it can be sent.

For more information on the city's grant application, call (405) 742-8345.

Authorities say those who missed out on the FEMA grant will still have the chance to apply for a similar grant from the Office of Emergency Management.

The office is offering a storm shelter grant opportunity between Saturday, October 1, 2011 through October 31, 2011.

The grant will reimburse 75%, or up to $2,000, for a residential safe room or storm shelter.

It will be distributed lottery style and winners will be announced January 1, 2012.

For more information on the Office of Emergency Management grant, visit the grant's website.

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