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OK to start storm shelter rebate program
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- State officials are now working with FEMA to start a state rebate program to help people pay for storm shelters. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management says the proposed program would be statewide and help homeowners offset the cost of a shelter.

"Oklahoma started the rebate program nationally back in 1999 after the tornadoes come through here and it's been a very successful program," Albert Ashwood said, Director of Emergency Management.

Following the tornadoes in 1999 and 2003, there were programs to help people pay for storm shelters using federal money. 

Emergency Management officials say some cities now have similar rebate programs.

Midwest City has set up a rebate program and is now applying for more federal money.

The City of Yukon is also in the process of trying to setup a program.

Officials say there are a lot of people applying for these programs, but sometimes not enough money to go around.

Officials say not every city has a rebate plan.

We spoke to Oklahoma City officials about the program; they told us it is something they are looking into.

Emergency Management says the best way to find out whether your area has a rebate program is to contact your city officials.

The fate of the proposed statewide rebate program is unclear.

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