Thursday, June 19, 2014

FEMA Funding for Private Storm Shelters - NOT LIKELY

Winston County EMA Director Buddy King says he has received numerous requests concerning possible storm shelter programs sponsored by FEMA. King indicates that this program is no longer in effect and has not been funded and there is no expectation of FEMA providing money to cover the cost of installing private storm shelters.
Since the April 28 tornado, interest has peaked in building private storm shelters. In the past, FEMA did have a program that would cover up to 75% of the cost of installing a storm shelter on private property but this program is no longer funded by FEMA. King tells Winston Web News that FEMA is focusing more on establishing community storm shelters for large numbers of people.

Private storm shelters range from inground shelters to those above ground and costs generally run from a minimum of $2500 up to $20,000 or more.