Government Help Hard To Come By For Those Wanting Tornado Shelters

Jul 25, 2013

Wiley Robison shows off the new tornado shelter outside his home near Jay, Okla.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

More than 10,000 individual tornado shelters have been built in Oklahoma since 1999 with the help of a state rebate program that provides up to $2,000 toward the cost of installing safe rooms in homes or underground.

So it seems the state is doing a lot to make taking shelter simpler and more affordable.

But it’s actually the federal government shouldering the financial burden for the program, and others like it on the local level. And even getting a permit to build isn’t always easy, depending on where you live.