10/17/2013 10:11:00 PM City receives storm shelter grant
By Van Mitchell Journal Staff Writer
The City of Stillwater recently received a $1.4 million grant as the next step of its 2011 application process to fund individual safe room/ storm shelters. The grant is funded by FEMA and allocated through the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, said Valerie Silvers, Stillwater grants coordinator.
Two years ago we applied for this," Silvers said. "I polled the community to find out who wanted them. When I got over 800 sheets back we sorted through the ones that weren't eligible and sent in a proposal for 709 shelters."
Silvers said for those whose application has been approved, a letter of instruction will be sent and the property owner can proceed with their purchase and installation. The grant will reimburse the homeowner 75 percent of the cost up to $2,000.
"This grant will fund the 709 individual safe rooms/ storm shelters, which were applied for in 2011," Silvers said. "We are not accepting new applications at this time; instead, we are funding ones that were already applied for through this grants process. We had our first completed storm shelter form turned in just a little while ago."
Silvers said she wasn't surprised at the number of applicants for the storm shelter/safe room grant.
"It has been kind of overwhelming," she said. "But at the same time a city the size of Stillwater it is possible that over 800 people would submit an application.