Rowlett Residential Safe Room Rebate Program


The application period for the Rowlett Residential Safe Room Rebate Program is March 9 - April 9, 2018.

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 random selection process on April 13, 2018. Starting on April 16, award packets, containing complete program information, will be emailed to selected participants.

Rowlett OEM is planning a public Q&A meeting in late March to discuss this program. Please apply to receive an email notification of the date, time, and location for that meeting.

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.


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.

  • 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 150 rebates of $3,000 are available.

The total number of rebates will depend on cost underruns for each rebated safe room. Based on the $2,800 average rebate amount under the regional program, 160 rebates would be available. Based on a $1,750 rebate amount for the cheapest safe rooms Rowlett OEM has found that meet required standards, 257 rebates would be available.

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 random selection process.

Rowlett OEM will develop a list of homeowners that submitted an application between March 9, 2018 and April 9, 2018. The list will be generated through a random process.

The first 150 applicants on the list will be selected to participate. The selection will occur on April 13, 2018, in order to allow for an initial review of eligible and ineligible applications.

Those not selected in the first round 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) and additional funding becomes available, Rowlett OEM will go down to 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.

The City Secretary and/or Deputy City Secretary will witness the random selection process(es) and notarize the developed list(s).


Email us with any additional questions about this program.