Safe Room Program

Living in the panhandle, we all know how unpredictable our weather can be and when it comes to protecting your family with something like a shelter, it can get expensive.

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week and one local organization, the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission, wants to help you and your family stay safe by providing safe rooms.

One safe room, or tornado shelter, can cost up to $5,000, but you could get it half off with the help of a Safe Room Program, and that's exactly what one Amarillo family did.
 "We've been waiting for awhile and have been intending to do this for some time. Wwe can't get out and in of our old cellar so we want one we can just walk into," says Ernest Lassiter, a new owner of a "safe room."

An above ground safe room was installed today at the Lassiter home, which they received thanks to the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission.

"My wife decided to apply for it and see if she could get it and we did," says Lassiter.

Through federal funding, the organization was able to offer rebates up to $2,500 for safe room shelters last fall.  Now, they are offering the rebates again.

This time, they have 550 rebates available to anyone in the panhandle.  You must apply for one by the end of April and then a drawing will be held to announce those who will receive the rebates.

"I think anybody would really be satisfied with [a safe room], because I certainly am," says Lassiter.

There are a couple of requirements that must be met to apply for the Safe Room Program.  One, you must own a home, and two, the shelter must have a sticker on it which means it meets the standards set by the National Storm Shelter Association.