Sooner Safe Rebate Program

Sooner Safe Rebate Program

The Sooner Safe Rebate Program is a great opportunity offered to all Oklahoma residents. For people who may not be familiar with the program, it is basically a lottery that is done each year throughout the state. The winners receive a voucher that will cover 75% of any storm shelter purchase with a $2000 max. Basically, it’s free money to help local families afford a storm shelter.

In order to qualify for the program, all you have to do is enroll on the ok.gov website. Once you are registered, you are in the lottery for life. IF you don’t win your first year of registration, you are automatically registered in the following years lottery. The program will use a random selection process to select names so that everyone who registers will have an equal chance to be selected. For that reason, the order of registration does not improve the odds of being selected. It is also important to know that only one person may register per physical home address.

If you are selected as a winner under this program, they give you 30 days to let them know whether or not you want to accept the rebate. If the timing is bad, you can select to decline the rebate and still be applicable for future selections. If you chose to accept the rebate, then you can select a company to install the storm shelter for you. All of our shelters at F5 qualify for the Sooner Safe Rebate Program. All of our products meet FEMA publications 320, FEMA 361, and ICC 500. WE have installed thousands of shelters for Sooner Safe winners over the last 7-8 years all over the state.

Additional eligibility rules are as follows:

To be eligible, the safe room must be installed at primary residences and must be installed on property owned by the applicant.
Apartment complexes, duplexes, and other multi-family residences are not eligible for this rebate, as they are considered businesses. This safe room rebate program is for single-family homes only.

If you own two or more homes, you may only register for a safe room rebate for your primary residence.
Community or neighborhood safe rooms are not eligible for this rebate.

If you live in a mobile home, you must own both the mobile home itself and the land it is located on to be eligible for the rebate.

If you live in a rented house you are not eligible for this rebate. Only single-family residential homeowners are eligible to receive the rebate for their primary residence.

If you have already installed a safe room, are having it installed now, or are planning to have it installed at any time prior to receiving notification that you have been selected as a Sooner Safe rebate recipient, that safe room is not eligible for this rebate. Previously installed safe rooms are not eligible.
Retrofitting or repairing an existing storm shelter to meet FEMA specifications does not qualify. However, you may be eligible for a new safe room.

You may not build or install the safe room yourself.

If the safe room you choose to have installed is not a pre-fabricated or manufactured design, you or your contractor may be required to submit additional documentation to verify the safe room meets all federal regulations associated with this program.

If your home is in a floodplain and you have flood insurance, you may be eligible for the rebate. You would not be eligible for a below ground safe room, but you may be eligible for an above ground safe room. However, other agencies will have to approve your specific situation. You may be required to provide more information.

If you live on historic property, or in a historic district you may be eligible for the rebate. However, other agencies will have to approve your specific situation. You may be required to provide more information.

If your home was destroyed in a tornado and you plan to rebuild your home in a different location than your previous home you are eligible for this rebate, as long as you are building in Oklahoma and it is your primary residence. However, you must contact the Sooner Safe team to verify the correct address has been submitted for review.

If your home was destroyed in Oklahoma and you are rebuilding your home out of state you are not eligible for this rebate. The safe room must be built in Oklahoma.
You must pay the total invoice for the safe room and installation in order to receive the rebate, as well as provide copies of the cleared check or credit card statement.
Safe room lease agreements are not eligible.

These Rules and Regulations apply to the Sooner Safe program only. Local city or county safe room rebate programs will have their own individual guidelines and you must contact them for further information.

If you have recently won funding through the Sooner Safe Program, call us today and we can go over all the types of shelters, safe rooms, and outdoor cellars we offer. WE would love to hel your family stay safe this storm season.

F5 Storm Shelters OKC (405) 216-3999
Tulsa (918) 970-4770 Stay Alive, Call F5!
www.f5stormsheltersok.com

Placement of Storm Shelter in Your Garage

Placement of Storm Shelter in Your Garage

Here at F5 Storm Shelters, we get asked all the time about where we install our shelters in the garage and why we use that location. When installing an underground garage storm shelter in a customers garage floor, our installers our instructed to install the shelter about 1 ft in from the garage door. We also choose to come about 2.5-3ft in from the exterior wall. The main reason we choose to start the install so close to the garage door is so that the customer can use their storm shelter easier. Most peoples garages are a little over 20 inches deep. By putting the shelter so close to the garage door, it allows most people the ability to pull their vehicle up far enough so that they can get inside the tornado shelter without having to back their car out of the garage. The last thing that you would want to happen during a storm is to back your car out of the garage in order to get inside the storm shelter, a tornado never comes, it starts hailing and then you are out of pocket $500-$100 for your car deductible.

 

We bring the shelter 2.5 ft in from the exterior wall so that the shelter is centered on whatever bay you choose to place it. All the lids on every size shelter we sell are 3 ft wide. This limits you from having to drive over the lids on a daily basis. We strongly recommend that every customer should try to avoid driving over the actual lids. They are equipt to handle such impact, but we don’t think it is a good decision long term. Over the years, wear and tear could cause the lid to dent in, making it hard to open the front lid.

Putting the shelter so close to the garage door also makes it easier for our installers to install the storm shelter. For the customer, this means we are less likely to ding your property with our equipment.

 

If you have any questions about our storm shelters, please don’t hesitate to call us. Call (405) 216-3999 if you are in the OKC metro, or call (918) 970-4770 if you are in Tulsa. You can also find more info on our website at www.f5stormsheltersok.com.

 

F5 STORM SHELTERS

Storm Shelters, Tornado Shelters, Safe Rooms

Tulsa – (918) 970-4770
Oklahoma City – (405) 216-3999

www.f5stormsheltersok.com

What is a safe room?

What is a safe room?

A safe room is an above ground storm shelter. They are a popular choice, especially for those with limited mobility and those that have problems going down stairs. Furthermore, many people with large pets find it hard to get their bigger pets down the stairs of an in-ground garage shelter. A safe room offers the convenience of a large steel closet with a heavy built door.

All of our safe rooms are made of 3/16th’s steel, all the shelters are grounded in case power lines or lightning strikes, we use 4 dead bolt throw locks along with a hatch lock, all safe rooms are anchored to your slab with many 4 ¾ inch anchor bolts with a 10,000 lb shear off rating per bolt. Additionally, you can view the safe room being impact tested at Texas Tech under our safe rooms tab. Whether you needs are for a safe room or an in-ground garage model, we can protect your family from mother nature’s most destructive storms.

Additional information provided on our Safe Room shelter page.

 

F5 STORM SHELTERS

Storm Shelters, Tornado Shelters, Safe Rooms

Tulsa – (918) 970-4770
Oklahoma City – (405) 216-3999

www.f5stormsheltersok.com

Customizable Sizes?

Customizable Sizes?

Do you want a bigger storm shelter than what we currently offer? If so, please call us, as we make custom sizes. On the larger shelters we can also incorporate separate enclosures for your animals i.e. dog/cat kennels.

 

F5 STORM SHELTERS

Storm Shelters, Tornado Shelters, Safe Rooms

Tulsa – (918) 970-4770
Oklahoma City – (405) 216-3999

www.f5stormsheltersok.com

Why Purchase an F5 Storm Shelter?

Why Purchase an F5 Storm Shelter?

What will you do if a tornado is on a path to hit your home? 

Where will you go? Only a storm shelter/tornado shelter can provide iron clad protection against tornadoes, which are nature’s most violent storms. Many folks believe they can go to the center of their home in a closet and ride out a storm. The problem is many storms are too powerful and these storms can level everything except cement slabs. Many Oklahoma citizens tragically lost their lives on May 3rd, 1999, due to violent F5 rated tornadoes.

The choice you make regarding which storm shelter to purchase is a critical decision. Not just any storm shelter or tornado shelter will do.  Storm shelters made out of cheap materials will likely not stand the test of time.  Plastic and fiberglass tornado shelters often crack and break down over time when placed in the ground.  Our steel shelters are protected by coal tar epoxy to help prevent rusting to protect your investment.

But protecting your family from tornadoes is not the only reason to invest in a storm shelter.  Did you know that purchasing a storm shelter can increase the value of your home?  We all know that it’s a tough market out there right now.  Anything that distinguishes your home from other homes on the market can aid you in making a quicker sale.  Ask your licensed real estate professional what they think the impact of adding a storm shelter to your home will be. We think that you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

F5 Storm Shelters are the highest quality storm shelters available on the market.  Our shelters are made of heavy duty 10 gauge steel with ¼ plate solid steel lids to ensure durability and strength. Our shelters also include metal ribbing that provides additional strength to the sidewalls. F5 Storm Shelters come with a limited lifetime warranty. Our shelters aren’t made from cheap fiberglass or plastic like some shelters. F5 Storm Shelters are tested using sophisticated pressure testing equipment to ensure that they are welded tight and will last for many years to come. All of our shelters are welded inside and out to ensure water won’t get in. Your decision to buy a storm shelter or tornado shelter from F5 Storm Shelters will be one of the best decisions that you will ever make.  Don’t put off the decision for one more day.

Don’t delay.  Tornadoes can happen anytime!  Buy a storm shelter and protect your family.  Call us today.

 

F5 STORM SHELTERS

Storm Shelters, Tornado Shelters, Safe Rooms

Tulsa – (918) 970-4770
Oklahoma City – (405) 216-3999

www.f5stormsheltersok.com

Will an F5 Storm Shelter Increase My Home’s Value?

Will an F5 Storm Shelter Increase My Home’s Value?

This is a question that is frequently asked. We are unable to make any guarantees about the future value of your home, but from our company’s experience and speaking with real estate professionals, the F5 Storm Shelter would be a unique addition to the home. It would likely appeal to prospective homeowners and add a sense of safety and security knowing that the home has a storm shelter to protect their family in the event of a severe storm.

 

F5 STORM SHELTERS

Storm Shelters, Tornado Shelters, Safe Rooms

Tulsa – (918) 970-4770
Oklahoma City – (405) 216-3999

www.f5stormsheltersok.com