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.

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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

  • Dale Hunt I feel there should be assistance given to residents of TN like our neighboring States are providing.

  • Anonymous My daughter lives in Tennesse; modular home. They have to use the bathtub for shelter. That is not adequate! TN residents need help keeping safe

  • Karen Ward I live within a ten mile radius of an area that has had at least three tornadoes touch down in as many years. I would love to have a storm shelter but the cost is extremely prohibitive.

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    Thomas McGrady

    1 day ago City: Morris Chapel
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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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    Dale Hunt

    1 week ago City: Arlington
    Comments: I feel there should be assistance given to residents of TN like our neighboring States are providing.
    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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    Chaz

    1 week ago City: Cleveland
    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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