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October 15, 2013

Some cities are bigger winners than others in state’s storm shelter program

NORMAN — Twice since 2012, Oklahoma has hosted a random lottery to award rebates to residents to help them pay for storm shelters in their homes.

About 750 Oklahomans have won the right so far to receive up to $2,000 in federal funds, channeled through the state, to defray the costs of a residential storm shelter. About 250 more rebates are still being distributed.

State data obtained by Oklahoma Watch, however, shows that although the storm shelter rebate lotteries were random, the money was not always distributed proportional to population.

Some cities — such as Edmond, Moore, Yukon and Norman — got shares well above their percentages of the state population. Edmond residents won 106 rebates, only seven fewer than Oklahoma City residents. Edmond has won 14.1 percent of rebates so far, despite comprising 2.2 percent of Oklahoma’s population.

Oklahoma City’s share was similar to its population percentage, just more than 15 percent.

Other cities — such as Tulsa, Lawton and Muskogee — got much less. Tulsa comprises about 10 percent of Oklahoma’s population, but residents won just under 2 percent of the rebates. Some areas — such as the southwestern, northwestern and far southeastern parts of the state — received on a handful of grants. The Panhandle received none.

Data from the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center shows that tornadoes touch down in all parts of the state.

In general, residents outside the state’s largest urban areas got the short end of the draw. Outside of greater Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Lawton, residents received about 15 percent of the rebates, less than half of their 37 percent of the state’s population. The Oklahoma City “combined statistical area,” which includes eight counties, contains 35 percent of the state’s population but won 74 percent of the rebates.

Sixty-three of the rebates were not awarded randomly. They were set aside for residents in Canadian, McClain and seven other counties whose homes were destroyed in deadly storms in 2011. However, that total would have a small effect on the percentages won by each city or metro area.

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