TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) — If the threat of tornados has not been enough to get someone to add a safe room to their home, maybe money is what they need.
The state of Kansas has started Sunflower Safe, a residential safe room program. Through the Kansas Division of Emergency Management (KDEM), Kansas homeowners can get a rebate for the purchase and installation of a residential safe room.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says safe rooms can provide a high degree of protection from tornados and hurricanes.
The program will pay up to $3,500 per home or 75-percent of the safe room cost, whichever is less.
- The safe room must be installed at a primary residence
- The residence cannot be an apartment complex, duplex, or other multifamily residences
- Mobile homes are eligible if you own the home and the land it is located on
- Previously installed safe rooms or safe rooms in the process of being built are not eligible
- Retrofitting or repairing an existing storm shelter to meet FEMA specifications does not qualify
- Homes in the floodplain with flood insurance are eligible for an above-ground safe room
- The safe room must be installed in Kansas
- You may not build or install the safe room yourself
Eligible applicants are randomly selected as funding becomes available, and eligibility does not guarantee funding.