Storm Shelter Grant Program in Tennessee

Most states within \"Tornado Alley\" provide grants to residents that reimburse them for the expense of building a FEMA or similar agency approved safe room or storm shelter. The amount of these grants vary greatly from one state to another and for the most part only cover a portion of the total cost. However, something is better than nothing and that is exactly what we have in Tennessee. Upon discovering this I asked my state representative about implementing a program here in TN since we are just as susceptible to catastrophic storms as Mississippi, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. I have her support but we need a collective voice to send to Nashville. I will be collecting names until I feel we have enough to send to my representative in Nashville. WHEREAS we the undersigned do declare our desire for the state of Tennessee to implement a program similar to those of the surrounding states that provide aid in the form of a grant for the construction of a residential safe room/storm shelter by a Tennessee homeowner.

Sponsor

I am a resident of Fayette County, TN who, given the severity of the storms during the past few years, is concerned that most homes in Western Tennessee do not provide adequate protection from high energy storms. The high cost and/or technical difficulty of personally building such a structure serve as a barrier to most residents placing a storm shelter on their property. I\'m working to change that.

Links

FEMA Saferoom Info http://www.fema.gov/mit/saferoom/ Arkansas Grant Program http://www.adem.state.ar.us/documents/Preparedness/Grants%20Available.htm TSW Storm Shelters, Inc. http://www.tswstormshelters.com/ Steel Storm Shelters http://www.steelstormshelters.com

Discussion

  • David Guzman I believe that it is best to be proactive then wait until more lives are lost. Just like in business, we benchmark ourselves against those in best competition. IN this case, we should learn from the states which are more used to this trend.

  • eric seebach I am a resident of Hamilton County, TN who, given the severity of the storms during the past few years, is concerned that most homes in Eastern Tennessee do not provide adequate protection from high energy storms. The high cost and/or technical difficulty of personally building such a structure serve as a barrier to most residents placing a storm shelter on their property.

  • KAY TALLENT After the recent storms in Lincoln Cty, think it is a much needed program. After viewing the tornado damage, will be looking for a storm shelter.

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    Penelope Baker

    4 days ago City: Linden
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    Would you like to be contacted if a grant program is instituted in Tennessee? (you must include a valid email address if answering yes): Yes
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    David Guzman

    1 week ago City: Chattanooga
    Comments: I believe that it is best to be proactive then wait until more lives are lost. Just like in business, we benchmark ourselves against those in best competition. IN this case, we should learn from the states which are more used to this trend.
    Would you like to be contacted if a grant program is instituted in Tennessee? (you must include a valid email address if answering yes): Yes
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    Don Moore

    1 week ago City: Ridgely, TN
    Comments: -
    Would you like to be contacted if a grant program is instituted in Tennessee? (you must include a valid email address if answering yes): Yes
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