A tornado with the peak strength of winds ranging from F3    (158 to 206 miles per hour) to F4 (207 to 260 miles per hour) on the Fujita Tornado Scale, struck the city of Montgomery, and the Montgomery Woods neighborhood specifically, on April 9, 1999.

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency is now accepting applications for the Safe Room Rebate Program. The program is for the purchase and construction or installation of tornado safe rooms for Ohio homeowners selected for the program.

The safe room may be an extreme wind shelter or space in a structure that provides protection to people during a tornado.  These safe rooms can be constructed or installed in one of several places in the home: in the basement, beneath a concrete slab-on-grade foundation or garage floor, or in an interior room on the first floor. A safe room may also be buried in the yard or be a stand-alone structure near your home.  Contact the Montgomery building department for specific building or zoning regulations before construction.

Ohio residents selected for the program could be eligible for a rebate up to 75 percent of the cost to install or construct a safe room – up to a maximum of $4,875. To apply for the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program, homeowners have until 5:00 p.m. on April 1 to register on the Ohio EMA website.