Rowlett Residential Safe Room Rebate Program

Application

The application period for the Rowlett Residential Safe Room Rebate Program is November 23, 2021 - 11:59 pm on April 1, 2022.

Please click on the following link to complete and submit the application (THE APPLICATION MAY NOT WORK WITH MOBILE DEVICE SETTINGS): Application Form

Participants will be selected through a first-come, first-served selection process. After submitting an application, you can expect to receive a follow-up from Rowlett OEM within seven days. 

Rowlett Residential Safe Room Rebate Program

The Rowlett Residential Safe Room Rebate Program is a mitigation initiative resulting from the destruction caused by the Sunnyvale-Garland-Rowlett EF-4 tornado. It is funded through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) for DR-4255, a Major Disaster Declaration. The declaration was issued for the severe winter storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that affected Texas between December 26, 2015 and January 22, 2016.

Purpose

The purpose of the rebate program is to mitigate homeowner risk to tornadoes, destructive straight-line winds, and destructive hail by incentivizing the purchase and installation of residential safe rooms.

Rebate Amount

This program is not retroactive. Any safe room under contract or installed before receiving a notice to proceed from Rowlett OEM will not qualify for a rebate. 

Rebates will be for up to $3,000 or fifty percent (50%) of the construction or installation cost of a residential safe room, whichever is less.

  • If the total cost of a safe room is $10,000 then the total rebate amount will be $3,000.
  • If the total cost of a safe room is $4,000 then the total rebate amount will be $2,000.

Some additional costs may be reimbursable, including lights, electrical outlets, ventilation, etc. Some costs are not reimbursable, including repair of damage done during the installation of the safe room, landscaping, safe room add-ons (e.g., first aid kits), credit card or banking fees, etc. For a full list of reimbursable and non-reimbursable costs, click here.

Total Rebates Available

At least 69 rebates of $3,000 are available.

The average safe room rebate under the Rowlett Program since 2018 has been about $2,850.  Up to 83 rebates will be available at this amount. The total number of rebates will depend on cost underruns for each rebated safe room. 

Additional funding may also be provided to the City, under sweep funds made available by cost underruns from other DR-4255 HMGP projects.

Selection Process

Program participants will be selected through a first come, first served process.

Rowlett OEM will develop a list of homeowners that submitted an application between November 23, 2021 and 11:59 pm on April 1, 2022. The list will be generated through a first come, first served process. After submitting an application, you can expect to receive a follow-up from Rowlett OEM within two weeks. 

Those not selected will be placed on a waitlist. As selected participants are removed from the program (e.g., if they choose not to participate or fail to follow program requirements) or additional funding becomes available, Rowlett OEM will choose the next applicant on the list until the waitlist is exhausted. If the waitlist has been exhausted and additional funding remains, Rowlett OEM will conduct an additional selection process.

Questions

Email us with any additional questions about this program.