You may be able to get residential safe room funding to provide protection for you and your family during a national disaster.
A residential safe room is a hardened structure specifically designed to meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) criteria, and provide near-absolute protection in extreme weather events, including tornadoes and hurricanes.
Near-absolute protection means that, based on FEMA’s current knowledge of tornadoes and hurricanes, the occupants of a safe room constructed in accordance with FEMA guidance will have a very high probability of being protected from injury or death.
FEMA’s knowledge of tornadoes and hurricanes is based on numerous meteorological records as well as extensive investigations of damage to structures from extreme winds.
Having a safe room can also relieve some of the anxiety created by the threat of an oncoming tornado or hurricane.
Grants and funding opportunities are available for individuals wishing to build a residential safe room.
For project eligibility and financial assistance questions, please contact your State Hazard Mitigation Officer (SHMO).
Your SHMO can advise you on what information must be provided for your project to be considered for funding, as well as any applicable federal, state and local design requirements.
Your SHMO will also be able to provide you with information on funding sources.