State program pays for part of tornado safe rooms
Residents can use the program to have part of their safe room paid for. (WDTN Photo/ Eric Pointer)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Did you know you could get a safe room built in your home, and have the Ohio Emergency Management Agency pay for part of it? It’s thanks to the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program, developed by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.

“The safe room provides protection against tornadoes and in Ohio there’s always a risk of tornadoes,” said Jeffrey Jordan, Director of the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management. “A safe room would be perhaps the best defense against the dangers of tornadoes.”

2 News also talked with Kenneth DeLong, a Centerville man who went through the deadly tornado in Xenia and also used the program. He says it really helped him be able to afford his storm shelter.

“I just know what a tornado can do and I saw Xenia’s aftermath and its very devastating. To put my family in that,” said DeLong. We have a grand daughter living with us and my dad lives with us. And no place to shelter yourself, so we decided we wanted a place that was safe.”

Applications for this year’s Safe Room Rebate Program were accepted in January and random selected in February.They plan on having the applications open every January. For more information and to apply you can click this link. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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