Several counties in Alabama have received money from the State EMA and have given the go ahead to install storm shelters. We (Central Alabama Storm Shelters) recently installed an above ground tornado shelter in Cherokee County for a grant recipient. The required paperwork was completed within one day and submitted to the local EMA to begin the reimbursement process. No-one is sure about the turnaround time for the reimbursement but I will post something to inform everyone once I find out.
The State and Local EMA's as well as FEMA have worked diligently to expedite this program. It is a very complex process so please be patient with your local EMA contacts regarding any issues.
It is very important to remember if you have applied for an individual shelter grant, you cannot begin the installation process before you are told that you are approved. If you have any questions regarding the shelter grant program feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember that tornado season is right around the corner. It is very important to have a plan for you and your family before the warnings begin. If you cannot afford a shelter, discuss purchasing a shelter with close friends or a relative. Our above ground model BP-606070-SS shelter has an occupancy rating of 12 people!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions concerning tornado shelters, storm shelters, the FEMA grant program or anything shelter related.