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Storm Shelter Rebate Program Reopening

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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) - Storm safe rooms are not cheap but, after the recent string of tornadoes that pushed through Oklahoma and Texas, the North Central Texas Council of Governments was working to help DFW area families install them at a discount. There was just one big problem. They were overwhelmed with demand.

This week, however, those who are interested in the discounted safe rooms will have a second chance to take part in the deal.

When the program went online in the first week of June, some 1.2 million homes were eligible to save 50 percent on the cost of a safe room. Even that is just a sliver of the total number of families living in North Texas. But still, in less than four hours, all of the promised money was gone and the popular program was closed after only 400 families.

Families who are interested in the program will have another chance to sign up on Friday, as the North Central Texas Council of Governments will reopen the registration process for safe room rebates. But it will not be easy. You are first signing up to be placed on a wait list. Registration for the program will happen in alphabetical order of the county where you live.

Applicants do not need to have any of the necessary paperwork ready at the time of registration, but it must be completed before your name comes up on the list. And it could take anywhere from 3 to 18 months to find out if you even qualify for the rebate.

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