Storm Shelter Rebate Program

Wichita County has received notice that it has been approved for 100 storm shelters under the FEMA’s Residential Safe Room Rebate Program. The program provides funding to assist homeowners with the installation of tornado shelters in or nearby their homes. The program is open to single family residences owned by the occupants or being built under ownership by occupant in Wichita County. The rebate application can be found linked below or information may be obtained by calling 940-766-8101. The first one hundred completed applications will be filled and a waiting list established. The program is a rebate program but some installers will accept assignment of the rebate check. Installers must be certified by the American Tornado Shelter Association (ATSA) or the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA). Rebates are limited to ½ the cost up to $3,000.00 and may take 30-180 days to receive.

Shelters requesting a FEMA rebate cannot be built in a flood plain or elevated above as shown by FEMA or local maps. In addition, homes over 45 years of age may be required to get clearance by the Texas Historical Commission. A waiver is being sought as the historical approval takes time.

County Judge Woody Gossom and Commissioner Barry Mahler will administer the program for the county. Applications will be accepted from January 15 – July 15, 2013. If not all filled, a subsequent period will be opened.

Residential Safe Room Program Guidelines and Application Materials

If you have any questions or concerns and would like more information please contact:

Judge Woody Gossom, Jr. 940-766-8101 or Commissioner Barry Mahler 940-766-8106

Completed Applications should be mailed or hand delivered to the following address:

County Judge's Office
900 7th Street, Rm 260
Wichita Falls, TX 76301