Storm Shelter Program Re-Opened for Application

Last Updated on June 10, 2016 by cassnetwork

Indianapolis – The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) has re-opened a program that will provide financial support to Indiana residents who wish to construct and install a severe weather safe room in their home.

Financial assistance will be provided as a rebate, after the construction is complete and bills are paid by the individual.

“We had a great response during the first application, but there was misunderstanding about the terms, so we’re opening the application period again,” said Mary Moran, Director of Mitigation at IDHS. “Project funds will be provided as a rebate, which means after the project is complete and paid for by the citizen.

Funds for the program will be made available for up to 53 applicants. Those interested must complete an online application at   Applicants must provide information about their home, including the year it was built, the parcel ID number and if it’s located in a flood plain. Applications will be reviewed by IDHS Mitigation staff.

The program, which is voluntary, will reimburse homeowners for 75 percent of the eligible costs (up to $4,500) to construct and install Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) compliant safe rooms in their homes. Funding for the program is provided through FEMA. Participants must prove payment to FEMA through receipts.

Those who participate will be required to obtain a building permit from a certified building department and have the safe room inspected during installation and/or after installation completion. Participants will also be required to build their safe rooms to meet or exceed the standards dictated in FEMA 320 or 361 guidelines. These guidelines can be accessed at the following links:

FEMA provides funds to the state of Indiana though the hazard mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) under Section 404 of the Stafford Act. This is administered by FEMA, in order to provide long-term solutions in safety. HGMP’s purpose is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters.


IDHS Mitigation staff will randomly inspect some of the safe rooms following their installation. Any maintenance or operation costs will be the responsibility of the owner.

Questions can be directed to the IDHS Mitigation staff at