3,700 apply so far for storm shelters

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — State emergency officials say 3,700 residents in storm and tornado impacted counties have applied to the safe room reimbursement program since it was launched June 2.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency program provides homeowners with funds to install a safe room. The state can reimburse up to 75 percent of costs not to exceed $4,000 for the construction of a single-family safe room.

MEMA Director Mike Womack says safe rooms must be installed by a licensed Mississippi contractor and must be built in accordance with FEMA’s design plans and construction criteria.

Womack says the safe rooms can be built into a home’s existing structure, such as an interior bathroom or closet or constructed above- or below-ground.

The deadline to apply is July 31.