UPDATE: Storm Shelter Rebate Program Begins June 5

Posted by Brett Oliver on May 30, 2013
Tags: Community, Public Safety, Town News

Updated on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 9:45 a.m.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) opened the Safe Room Rebate program around 1:15 a.m. and by 5:00 a.m. the site was closed and the rebates were gone.  NCTCOG hopes to appeal to FEMA for additional funds based on the overwhelming response to this rebate program. We will keep you posted if the program receives further funding. Trophy Club received 33 applications for storm shelter permits. 

Updated on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), in conjunction with several North Texas counties, including Denton and Tarrant counties, is pleased to announce the launch of the Metro Safe Room Rebate Program (MSRRP).  NCTCOG will begin accepting applications online at www.nctsaferoom.com beginning Monday June 3, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 (date subject to change).

Program Description

The Metro Safe Room Rebate Program offers Trophy Club residents living in Tarrant or Denton County an opportunity to qualify to receive half the cost of construction for an individual safe room, up to $3,000. The Safe Room Rebates are funded with FEMA supplied Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants and will be managed by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG). Only 110 rebates are available in each county. Rebates are first come, first serve to eligible applicants.

Restrictions

  • Applicant cannot be living or developing in a local floodplain
  • Applicant cannot be living or developing in a FEMA designated 100 year floodplain

Eligibility

  • Homeowners of Denton and Tarrant County
  • Developers whom are living or developing in Denton or Tarrant County
  • Installers whom are living or developing in  Denton or Tarrant County

*Developers and installers are capped at three (3) safe rooms

Eligible structures:

  • Manufactured homes (must own structure and land)
  • Single-family homes
  • New construction of single-family homes

Eligible Safe Rooms:

  • In-ground/ above ground
  • Indoors/ outdoors

Application Process:

  • Beginning Monday, June 3, Trophy Club residents may start the process by filling out and dropping off a Storm Shelter Permit application and Floodplain Verification Form, at which point staff must verify that the property is NOT located in a floodplain..
  • Upon verification, the Floodplain Verification Form  will be signed by Trophy Club Community Development Director Carolyn Huggins  and returned to the homeowner for submittal to NCTCOG.
  • Visit www.nctsaferoom.com to apply on Wednesday, June 5 --- REMEMBER THE PROGRAM IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE
  • If qualified, applicants will receive an 'eligibility' email and will have two weeks to submit the additional documentation required (Floodplain Verification Form, Proof of Ownership, etc.).
  • Once all components of the application process have been successfully submitted to NCTCOG, qualifying residents will receive a confirmation (approval) email with further instructions.

If approved, the following is required (safe room = storm shelter):

  • Contract with a National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) or American Tornado Shelter Association (ATSA) approved member.
  • Once built, the Storm Shelter must be inspected by a Town of Trophy Club Building Inspector in order to receive the rebate - call Building Inspection at 682-831-4697 to set up an inspection.
  • Must allow NCTCOG to share the GPS coordinates with only first responders in your jurisdiction

Questions?

For additional information, visit the www.nctsaferoom.com or call NCTCOG Emergency Preparedness Department at 817-608-2311.