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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Sorting procedures to begin on storm shelter applications

  • The process of sorting through more than 1,100 applications for the Pottawatomie County storm shelter/safe room rebate program is set to begin next week, emergency management officials said.
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  • The process of sorting through more than 1,100 applications for the Pottawatomie County storm shelter/safe room rebate program is set to begin next week, emergency management officials said.
    The rebate program was established with a $520,000 grant from the American Red Cross, with those funds provided by the contributions following the May 2013 tornadoes.
    That amount of funding will provide rebates for 208 storm shelters in Pottawatomie County. Applications for the program were accepted during the month of June.
    Don Lynch, Shawnee/Pottawatomie County emergency management director, said the program can provide up to $2,500 in the form of a rebate for the purchase and installation of a residential storm shelter or safe room.
    The application cut-off date was June 30, and now Lynch said they are preparing to go through each application.
    “We’ll get the full list next week and start verifying eligibility,” Lynch said.
    In many cases, based on address, eligibility verification will be a simple process, he said, as they’re familiar with the areas and addresses of the path of the May 2013 tornadoes.
    All applications will be sorted into three areas. Homeowners whose primary residences were destroyed May 19, 2013, will be part of the Phase 1 process, then Phase 2 will be those who had damaged homes.
    If funding is still available after Phase 1 and 2, the rebates will be opened to all other residents who applied in Pottawatomie County.
    A selection date for recipients hasn’t yet been selected, although will likely be sometime in August. Lynch said the sorting part of the process shouldn’t take too long and all applicants will be notified whether or not they are chosen for the rebate program.
    For those who are selected for the program, there are requirements and time frames for getting the storm shelter installed.
    For those who aren’t selected for a rebate, Lynch said their application will remain on file, which means they won’t have to reapply and will already be in the system should further funding for more storm shelters become available at a future date.
    For more information about the rebate program or if you have questions, contact the Shawnee emergency management office at 878-1651.
     
     
     
     
     
     
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