What is Hazard Mitigation?
"Hazard Mitigation" means to reduce or alleviate the losses of life, injuries and property resulting from natural and human-made hazards through long-term strategies. These long-term strategies include planning, policy changes, programs, projects and other activities. Mitigation is the responsibility of individuals, private businesses and industries, state, local and federal governments. Hazard mitigation breaks the cycle when recurrent disasters take place, such as flooding along a stream or creek, repeated damage and reconstruction occurs. This recurrent reconstruction is often more expensive as the years go by. Hazard mitigation helps to prevent recurrent damage and increasing reconstruction costs by taking a long-term view of rebuilding and recovery following natural disasters.
Safe Room / Shelter Program
The Shelter Rebate Program provides a reimbursement to Arkansas homeowners who install a tornado shelter at their primary residence. Reimbursements will be 50% of the associated costs or $1,000, whichever is less. Since it is a rebate program, the shelter has to be installed before you apply. Shelters need to be built to the specifications in FEMA Publication 320. When the shelter is finished, contact your Local Emergency Management (EM) Coordinator. He/she verifies that the shelter/safe room has been installed and completes the bottom of the application form.
These are the documents that are needed for the rebate:
Completed application form. The applicant/homeowner will complete and sign Part I, and the Local EM Coordinator will complete and sign Part II.
If it is an above ground shelter or safe room, the certification/affidavit form must be completed by your builder and notarized, stating that the safe room was built to the specifications of FEMA Publication 320. (This step is not necessary for in-ground shelters.)
Proof of cost and payment – Copies of invoices and/or receipts, along with proof of payment; i.e., canceled checks, credit card receipt, cash receipts.
Pictures showing the inside connections on the door and the hinges. The door needs to have 3 hinges and 3 slide bolts or 3 dead bolts.
Picture of the ventilation.
Eligibility is limited to individuals who own their home at the time of application and who have installed an above-ground safe room or in-ground shelter after January 21, 1999. ADEM will provide reimbursement for cost associated with individual above-ground safe rooms or in-ground shelter installation.
Only shelters installed prior to June 30, 2015 are eligible to apply for funding. These funds are not guaranteed, however.