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Metroplex Tornado Safe Room Grant Program
Posted Date: 5/20/2013

June 5, 2010--Due to the high volume of applications received, the North Central Texas Council of Governements has closed the online application portal for the Metro Safe Room Rebate Program (MSRRP), More Info: MSRRP news release(PDF)


June 3, 2010--During a tornado, people face hazards from extremely high winds and risk being struck by flying and falling objects. Residents of Grand Prairie may qualify to receive half the cost of construction for an individual safe room, up to $3,000. The Safe Room Rebates are funded with FEMA supplied mitigation grants administered by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).

Should you want to participate, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be the owner, occupant, builder, or developer
  • Live or develop in one of the four counties listed above with a jurisdiction FEMA approved Hazard Mitigation Action Plan (City of Grand Prairie has an approved HazMap)
  • Must NOT be living in a floodplain
  • Contract with a National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) or American Tornado Association (ATSA) certified supplier

If your home was built on or before 1968 (45 years old) permission from the State Historical Preservation Office (SHPO) is required before you are eligible to receive a rebate.

Please note that you will not receive reimbursement until all required documents have been FEMA approved and funds are released to NCTCOG.  There is currently a waiting list to be a part of this program.  When you login, you will be placed on a waiting list and you will be contacted when the program becomes available.

  1. Apply to the waiting list online  at:  
  2. Contact Floodplain Administrator to verify if you live in a floodplain. Please note: the “Floodplain Manager Verification Form” (located under resources on will be required when applying.
    Floodplain Verification: Gabe Johnson, Floodplain Administrator, Engineering
    Safe Room Final Inspection & Building Permit Questions: Rob Ard, Chief Building Official, Building Inspections

Once you complete the required steps and it is determined that your property is not in a floodplain, you may proceed by applying to be on the waiting list online at  

Preparedness is an essential element of a resilient and secure community. The City of Grand Prairie Office of Emergency Management has made emergency preparedness a priority, and works every day to ensure our city stands ready to respond to emergencies or disasters-- natural hazards such as severe storms and tornadoes. Our goal is to ensure a more resilient community -- one in which our citizens can adapt to changing conditions as well as withstand and rapidly recover from disruption due to emergencies or disasters.

The Office of Emergency Management supports and promotes citizen education and grassroots preparedness efforts and provides simple and practical steps that the citizens of Grand Prairie can take to protect themselves, their families, their employees, and their neighbors. To learn more about emergency preparedness,,, and

For more information about emergency preparedness, Metroplex Tornado Safe Room Grant Program or what you can do to prepare yourselves, your family, your employees or your students, contact Tonya Hunter, Emergency Management Coordinator, at 972-237-7595,

View North Central Texas Council of Governments News Release: Metro Safe Room Rebate Program (PDF)