COLUMBUS — Homeowners throughout Ohio can apply to receive reimbursement for the purchase and construction or installation of a tornado safe room inside or outside their homes.

A safe room is a structure specifically designed to provide near-absolute protection in extreme weather events. This is the eighth year for the rebate program. To date, more than $1.5 million in rebates have been awarded to homeowners for the construction of more than 200 safe rooms across the state.

Safe rooms can be constructed and installed in one of several places in the home, including 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 the home.

The deadline to apply to participate in the rebate program is 5 p.m. April 6.

Residents selected for the program are 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.

For more information and to apply, visit: https://ema.ohio.gov/ema_saferoom/saferoom-concept.aspx.