A program offering rebates for safe rooms that provide protection from severe weather stopped accepting applications just hours after its launch Wednesday after 825 people applied for 400 spots. Applications may still be picked up at Richardson City Hall as additional funding for the program may become available in the future. Applications are expected to become available on the program’s website at www.nctsaferoom.com in two weeks with the opening of a waitlist.
The Metro Safe Room Rebate Program (MSRRP) is administered by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It was open on a first-come, first-serve basis to residents in Dallas, Collin, Denton and Tarrant counties, with each county receiving 100 rebates. Qualified applicants may receive half the cost of construction for an individual safe room, up to $3,000.
To qualify, residents must not be living or building a home in the 100-year floodplain and must complete the MSRRP Floodplain Verification Form. It must be signed by the City of Richardson’s floodplain administrator, Assistant Director of Engineering Jim Lockart. Call 972-744-4280 for floodplain information.
For more information, visit www.nctsaferoom.com.