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Storm Shelter Rebates from the North Central Texas Council of Governments

Have the recent storms in Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri got you worried about your family’s safety? I know I’ve been thinking about that. One bit of good news is that there may be some financial help from the government if you want to install certain types of shelters. The details are at Please note that applications will not be taken until June 5.

Metro Safe Room Rebate Program

We are not accepting applications at this time. The application portal will open on Wednesday June 5 (no specific time will be provided). Please check back later.North Central Texas residents living or developing in one of the four metro counties (Collin, Dallas, Denton, or Tarrant) may qualify to receive half the cost of construction for an individual safe room, up to $3,000. The Safe Room Rebates are funded with FEMA supplied mitigation grants administered by NCTCOG. NCTCOG will be applying for future funding to expand the program to all 16 counties in the NCTCOG region. Applicants who wish to receive the reimbursement cannot build until they have received a notification that they have been selected for an award, and then they may proceed with selecting a vendor and installing a safe room.

To participate, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be living or developing in one of the four counties participating counties (listed above)
  • Must NOT be living or developing in a 100 year floodplain (FEMA Flood Zone A) or listed in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA)
  • Must contract with a National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) or American Tornado Association (ATSA) certified supplier (see links on top left pane)

If the home was built in or before 1968 (45 years old), permission from the State Historical Preservation Office (SHPO) will be requested by NCTCOG on the applicants behalf, prior to the applicant being approved to receive a rebate. This does not deem the applicant ineligible, this is just an additional review phase that may cause a delay.

Please note that the applicant will not receive reimbursement until all required documents have been approved by FEMA and funds are released to NCTCOG.

Complete these steps prior to applying.

  1. Click on your eligible county and then your jurisdiction. If you do not see your county, you are ineligible at this time.
  2. Call or email the Primary Point of Contact to determine whether or not you live or are developing in a floodplain. Note that the MSRRP Floodplain Verification Form (linked and located under Resources) will be required when applying. If you do not see your city/town, NCTCOG is working to add it to the site.

*The following jurisdictions residing in multiple counties are fully eligible: Azle, Dallas, Fort Worth, Frisco, Grand Prairie, Mansfield, and Richardson.

When applying, you’ll need the following documents readily available as you will need to upload them as you create your user profile submitting your application.

  • Proof of home ownership (e.g. Property Tax Record, Bill of Sale, Deed; utility bills do not qualify)
  • Completed and signed MSRRP Floodplain Verification Form


  • You’ll be prompted to answer a series of questions confirming your eligibility in the program
  • You’ll create a user profile as part of the application
  • Upload required documentation
  • Submit user profile as your application


  • Program Overview (Please Read) [PDF]
  • MSRRP Floodplain Verification Form [PDF]
  • MSRRP Fact Sheet [PDF]

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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