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Rebates Available for Storm Safe Rooms
Posted Date: 6/4/2013 3:00 PM

Richardson residents in both Dallas County and Collin County are eligible to apply for rebates on safe rooms that can provide protection from severe weather.

Qualified applicants may receive half the cost of construction for an individual safe room, up to $3,000. The Metro Safe Room Rebate Program (MSRRP) is administered by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Approximately 110 rebates are available in each of the four metro counties in the Metroplex. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The program application process will take place online at www.nctsaferoom.com beginning Tuesday, June 5. However, residents may also submit paper applications, which will be available at the information desk at Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.

To qualify, residents must not be living or building a home in the 100-year floodplain and must complete the MSRRP Floodplain Verification Form. It must be signed by the City of Richardson’s floodplain administrator, Assistant Director of Engineering Jim Lockart. Call 972-744-4280 for floodplain information.

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 

Once approved the applicant:

  • Is required to obtain a building permit through the City of Richardson Community Services Department, City Hall Room 108.
  • Is required to contract with a National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) or American Tornado Shelter Association (ATSA) approved member.
  • Must submit all required documentation.
  • Must agree to allow final inspection of the installed safe room.
  • Must allow NCTCOG to share the GPS coordinates with only first responders in your jurisdiction.
For additional information, visit www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=1823 or call NCTCOG at 817-608-2311. Due to the high volume of inquiries expected, please allow at least seven business days for a response.