Sunday, July 31 is the last day for Mississippians interested in applying for the “A Safe Place to Go” safe room reimbursement program after a record number of tornadoes hit the state in April.
The National Weather Service confirmed 63 tornadoes across Mississippi during the month of April, a record number of tornadoes for any month in the state.
Following the rash of tornadoes, MEMA decided to reopen its safe room reimbursement program, which provides homeowners with grant money to install a safe room.
A safe room is an interior shelter in a small, windowless room that is easily accessible for an entire family. Safe rooms may be built in a home or placed below ground to protect your family from tornadoes.
Priority to participate and receive funding will be given to those whose homes were damaged or destroyed by tornadoes and severe storms in counties declared disaster areas.
Through the program, the state can reimburse up to 75 percent of eligible costs not to exceed $4,000 for the construction of a single-family safe room. Those interested may apply by clicking here.
Homeowners must apply and be accepted to the reimbursement program before beginning construction. You will then have six months to complete your storm shelter after receiving construction authorization from MEMA.
The grant program is made available through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds that are administered by MEMA.
It must be noted that registering for FEMA disaster assistance alone does not also register a homeowner for the safe room reimbursement program. Homeowners must apply separately with MEMA.
Mississippi originally launched the safe room program in 2001 after a series of tornadoes and severe weather killed eight people and injured more than 100 others.
Since 2001, more than 6,200 Mississippians have been able to install a storm shelter or safe room in their homes thanks to the “A Safe Place to Go Program.”