Storm Shelter Rebates Offered to Arkansans

LITTLE ROCK, AR-- As part of the rebuilding effort around Central Arkansas, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued a consumer alert this week, to make sure affected Arkansans know what assistance is available to them.

One of those offers includes a rebate program to help cut the costs of a storm shelter or safe room.

The rebate program administered by the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) is aimed at helping defray the cost of a storm shelter or safe room.

For Arkansans who are considering installation of a storm shelter/safe room, the ADEM will administer a $1.25 million rebate program to assist homeowners who install a tornado shelter at their primary residence.

Discounts of up to 50% off of the cost of a shelter are available to those who qualify. The shelter must be installed before the homeowner applies for funding, and a local emergency management coordinator must verify installation of the safe room.

In order to be eligible for a safe room rebate, consumers must complete an application form, provide proof of cost and proof of payment, supply photos that show the inside connections on the doors and hinges (doors must have three hinges and three slide bolts or dead bolts).

For above-ground shelters, the safe room must be built to specifications of FEMA Publication 320. (Visit for more information about FEMA Publication 320).

For more information about the Arkansas Shelter Rebate Program, click here.

Those impacted by the April 27 storms and who live in Faulkner, Pulaski, White and Randolph counties may register for government disaster assistance at, or by calling (800) 621-3362. In addition, Mobile Registration Intake Centers are open in Vilonia, Mayflower, Little Rock and Searcy to help people register for assistance and check the status of their applications.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that Thursday, May 8, a Disaster Recovery Center will open in Mayflower at 600 Highway 365. That center will be open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Specialists from the state, FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration, the IRS, the American Red Cross and other agencies will be at the Disaster Recovery Center to answer questions.

McDaniel said his Consumer Protection Division continues to provide assistance to those affected by the storm and will answer questions about possible scams related to charitable giving or home improvements and repairs. Contact the Consumer Protection Division at (800) 482-8982.

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