UPDATE - February 2013
The City's safe room rebate program is still "on hold", with not a lot changed from our update of last May.
Our county-wide Hazard Mitigation Plan still has not been approved by the State and FEMA. There were changes to the Federal requirements for this plan that occurred while our contractor was writing the document; he has had to rewrite it. We've found that the FEMA requirements and their interpretations seem to be a constantly moving target, more so with the new wrinkles. We're still working out various wording changes with the State reviewers and hope to submit the final document in March.
However, the Plan is not our main obstacle. The Federal grant program which funds local initiatives such as ours is funded by monies set aside during Presidential major disaster declarations. Oklahoma has had few of these declarations in the past couple of years, so there is not a lot of grant money available.
Once our Plan is approved and grant funds become available, we will certainly proceed with our rebate program application.
Safe Room Rebate Program Status – May 1st, 2012
In October 2011, the City of Moore solicited names and addresses of Moore residents interested in receiving federal grant monies toward the installation of a Safe Room or Storm Shelter. We were required to collect the data prior to submission of the City’s application to FEMA.
For the City of Moore to be eligible for the federal funds, we are required to have a FEMA approved Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) on file. The City collaborated with other communities in Cleveland County on the HMP and it was approved in September 2006 and expired in September 2011. The communities of Cleveland County began the revision process of the new Hazard Mitigation Plan during the summer of 2011.
The Cleveland County HMP is expected to be completed this month and will then be submitted for approval by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and FEMA. This approval process could take at least 5 months. We anticipate a final approval date of November 1st, 2012 at the earliest.
If the grant application is approved and funded and the HMP is approved then we will we contact the original applicants to ensure they still interested in receiving grant funds and have not been funded by another program. The grant will not pay for shelters that have already been installed.
October 2011 Information
The City of Moore collected information from citizens during the month of October for the local Safe Room Rebate program. The State of Oklahoma is still accepting registrations at www.soonersafe.ok.gov.
It is the desire of the City to assist persons who are in Moore to have a place to seek refuge from severe weather. To this end, the City is gathering interest forms as the first step in applying for a hazard mitigation grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. We intend to apply for 2 million dollars in FEMA funding which will assist approximately 800 Moore homeowners.
This particular rebate program is for residential homes. Rental and/or commercial properties are not eligible. If a homeowner is chosen for the program and the City is successful in securing FEMA funding, the homeowner will be eligible to receive up to $2500 in rebate upon installation and verification of final paperwork.
All registration will be completed online at the website www.soonersafe.ok.gov. This is the website for the State of Oklahoma’s Sooner Safe program; all persons who live in Moore and register prior to November 1st will be eligible for both the State program and the City of Moore’s program. If needed, assistance in registering may be provided at Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, during normal business hours.
(Program ended in November 2011) In addition, Cleveland County is offering a safe room rebate program as well. Registration for their program can be accomplished at www.ccok.us. Note that this is a separate program from the City of Moore program and the State program, and requires a separate registration. Homeowners are urged to register for Cleveland County’s program as well as the State’s and the City of Moore’s. ( Program ended in November 2011)
Information concerning the City of Moore Safe Room Rebate Program may be found online at the City’s website, www.cityofmoore.com.
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