Little Rock Safe Room & Above Ground Shelters

We're focused on helping families stay safe during storms and tornadoes because our family has been impacted by tornadoes. We live and work in areas that suffer from major storms and tornadoes, and four generations of our family have been involved in the storm shelter business. We've been installing safe rooms in the Little Rock area for years, which means that our installers have the experience and knowledge of the area that you expect!

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What Should I Do When I Get The Rebate

After you have received a rebate letter from your local planning commission you can then reach out to Ground Zero Storm Shelters to install your shelter.

  1. Your shelter must be installed by a member of a regulatory association like ATSA if want to receive a rebate – Ground Zero Shelters is a member of several!
  2. After the shelter is installed we will help you turn in all the required paperwork for the rebate.

If you have qualified for a rebate, order your shelter from Ground Zero today! You can also call us at 877-880-1351.

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Do I Qualify For A Storm Shelter Rebate?

If you own or are in the process of buying a home, don't live in a flood plain, and your home is not a historical site, then you can qualify for a rebate on your property.

  1. Check with your local planning commission to see if they offer rebates in your county.
  2. Get the rebate application from your local planning commission.
  3. Fill out the rebate application and mail it in to the planning commission.
  4. The planning commission will process your information then send you a letter that says if you qualified for the rebate or not.

Have more questions? Contact us, or call us at 877-880-1351 and we can help you in this process.

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FEMA Storm Shelter Grants, Rebates & Native Assistance

If you are in need of a storm shelter and budget is an issue, don’t give up! You may qualify for financial aid in the form of rebates, grants, Native American assistance or even FEMA funding. Take a look at your options below to find out if you qualify!

Storm Shelter Rebates & Grants

In Oklahoma everyone can go online and apply for the SoonerSafe Safe Room Rebate Program that draws twice a year (minimum) like a lottery all over Oklahoma for help getting tornado shelters. In disaster years they have been known to draw more than twice in one calendar year. Remember, you only get picked if you apply! There are no guarantees that you will get picked. Some have waited 5 years to get drawn and others have never been drawn. 

Native American Storm Shelter Assistance

Most Oklahoma based tribes do offer assistance for storm shelters to be installed for their tribal members who are homeowners. If you are a member, you should contact the housing authority for your tribe and ask about storm shelter assistance.  

You will then fill out a form with your information and wait until further notice if you have been accepted and the steps to follow thereafter, as well as your budget.

FEMA Storm Shelter Rebates & Funding

No matter where you live you can go to the website and apply for assistance. Also if you live in an area prone to bad weather you can keep in touch with your city offices or local Emergency Management and they will advise you if they have any local, city or state funding for storm shelter assistance or if they know of any in the near future.

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Life After a Tornado - How to Rebuild

How to Rebuild After a TornadoWhen a tornado strikes your community emotions run high and it’s hard to maintain a sense of normalcy after a disaster like this. Upon your first inspection of the damage, conditions might look as if the damage is irreparable. The stress of bearing such emotional AND financial burdens might seem too much for you to handle all at once. Starting over seems almost much destruction! You might start asking yourself these questions:

  1. Do I have money saved for an event like this?
  2. Will my insurance cover a tornado?
  3. Are there programs, organizations, family or friends that can help me?

Before you start beating yourself up, it is totally natural for you to ask if something could have been done to protect your home. Instead of feeling hopelessness, annoyance and bitterness towards the situation think about your future. When should the cleanup, repairs and rebuilding start? How do you even begin? Is it affordable to rebuild at this time? Don’t worry! There are ways to save time and money after a tornado has upset your life.

First of all, we are not trying to make this sound easy. It’s definitely never easy to rebuild your life. However; with determination and hard work this can and will be accomplished. Consider the questions that must be answered.

  1. Was there total or partial damage?
  2. Do all of your belongings have to be replaced?
  3. Should calculations of needs (today and in the future) be thought out?

After asking yourself these questions and answering them, it’s time to start the rebuild! Below are tips that will help tremendously in saving both time and money.

  • Hire a contractor that is able to fund the beginning of the rebuild. It usually takes insurance companies a few months to send you the money.
  • Insurance claims also cover your possessions. Take inventory of all non-salvageable items by taking pictures. You can even take pictures of your damaged foot items for food lost.
  • If you are making new purchases to replace things that were lost – KEEP ALL OF YOUR RECEIPTS!
  • Ask for advances from your insurance adjustor. Advances can be used for living expenses like clothes, food and toiletries.
  • Check to see of your insurance policy covers storage for those items that were not damaged.

Also helpful are the tips below which you should think about in the days immediately after a tornado.

  1. Get a rough time line from your insurance agent on the next steps.
  2. Arrange cleaning or restoration service for clothes, house and property.
  3. Coordinate your work schedule if needed.
  4. Arrange schedules for child care providers if needed.
  5. Contact your utility companies.
  6. Contact your mortgage holder or landlord.
  7. Rent a postal box if mail needs to be redirected.
  8. Arrange for a security service to prevent looting if needed.
  9. Rent a storage unit for vehicles and possessions.
  10. Obtain boxes with folders to hold documents and receipts.

You can also check out our article series: How to Recover from Disaster for more information and resources.

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Make a Disaster Relief Plan

Your family may not be together when a tornado strikes so it is very important to plan in advance:

  • How you will get to a safe place?
  • How you will contact one another?
  • How you will get back together?
  • What will you will do in different scenarios?

For an easy plan of action you can download communication plans for both parents and kids on FEMA’s website.

Our disaster relief recommendations:

We also recommend inquiring about emergency plans at places where your family spends time like work, daycare, school, church, sports events and commuting. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to community leaders, your colleagues, neighbors and members of faith or civic organizations about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. 

You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during a tornado if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance!

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