The homeowner participants:
The participant property:
A State Historical Preservation Officer (SHPO) clearance will be required for selected participants residing in a structure that meets any of the following conditions:
Any selected participant installing a safe room prior to the SHPO clearance and final approval are not eligible for a rebate under this program. Therefore, Rowlett OEM will not send a notice to proceed to a participant until it has obtained the SHPO clearance. Rowlett OEM will obtain the SHPO clearance on behalf of the participant.
A property is not eligible for this program if a safe room was previously installed using federal grant dollars.
The installation of prefabricated, above-ground safe rooms will provide participants with the fastest approval process. However, other types of safe rooms are eligible under this program.
All safe rooms will require a building permit and must comply with current codes.
Program participants will not be allowed to self-build or self-install a safe room.
Under this program, a safe room:
All safe rooms must comply with guidance contained in the following publications:
Builders and installers of residential safe rooms under the Rowlett program must certify compliance with the specific standards of the publications listed above dealing with doors, foundations, anchoring, buoyancy and other technical requirements including:
The Texas Division of Emergency Management Certificate of Installation and Inspection form is required to provide proof of compliance with all FEMA and ICC standards.
Rowlett OEM reserves the right to contact contractors and installers of residential safe rooms to request documentation of design and testing standards of any certified safe room.
If you are unsure about where to install a safe room, please email us.