I attended the Jefferson County EMA grant meeting on October 18th. There were many grant recipients there who are very excited about installing their new storm shelter before the severe weather season starts. One thing that I got out of the meeting was you can change shelter vendors without it being considered a "scope change". If you decide that you want to move your storm shelter significantly, or that you want to go from above ground to under ground, this will be considered a scope change. If this occurs, your application will be held until all of the other applications are processed. The held applications will then be submitted to the Alabama EMA and FEMA for re-approval.
When most people initially completed their applications, they chose a vendor from a list without having the time to research the shelter. Also, since the applications were submitted, other options have become available that may be better suited for the grantee. I have installed several grant storm shelters and am very familiar with the paperwork and program overall. If you would like to change vendors or just have questions about your grant, feel free to contact me. I will try and assist you regardless of your vendor.