PEARL, MS (AP)--New This Morning! People affected by the April 24th and May 1st tornadoes and floods in Mississippi can get up to $4,000 dollars to build a reinforced storm shelter inside their homes.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says people whose homes were damaged or destroyed by those storms will be considered first, but others may apply.
The "safe room" grants cover Alcorn, Attala, Benton, Choctaw, Holmes, Lafayette, Monroe, Oktibbeha, Tippah, Tishomingo, Union, Warren and Yazoo counties.
The program reimburses up to 75% of eligible costs, or up to $4,000.
The money comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's hazard mitigation grant program, and the shelter must be built according to designs and criteria which is available on FEMA's website