Lamar County Office of Emergency Management announces Safe Room Rebate Program

Every year, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other extreme windstorms cause numerous injuries and deaths in the United States. Lamar County Office of Emergency Management is working diligently to keep residents of Lamar County as safe as possible. While we cannot stop these storms from occurring, we can respond by carefully planning to protect ourselves from their effects. When properly designed and constructed or installed, safe rooms provide the highest level of protection from tornadoes and other extreme windstorms. To assist in your safety, we are excited to announce the Lamar County Safe Room Rebate Program.

The Lamar County Safe Room Rebate Program offers residents living or developing in Lamar County an opportunity to qualify for a safe room rebate. The Program will reimburse eligible homeowners 50% of the total cost (up to $3,000) for the installation of a certified interior, exterior, or in-ground safe room. This program is not retroactive and will not rebate any property owner who has installed a safe room prior to approval of an application from the Lamar County Office of Emergency Management and receipt of a notice of eligibility letter.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

• They must own and reside at the Lamar County property for which they are applying.

• The residence must be outside of a FEMA or locally mapped floodplain.

• Residents in incorporated communities must comply with their community’s permit processes.

• They must be able to cover the cost of the safe room and its installation, then submit invoices and receipts for reimbursement.

The safe room installer must be certified by the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) or the American Tornado Shelter Association (ATSA). The NSSA and ATSA are the only industry organizations recognized by FEMA to certify that a safe room or storm shelter meets or exceeds FEMA standards.

To receive an application packet or for more information, please send an email to saferooms@co.lamar.tx.us or call us at (903) 782-1118.