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Alabama Emergency Management Agency Permit Bond

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Those who manufacture prefabricated storm shelters need to obtain an Alabama Emergency Management Agency Surety Bond to stay compliant with state regulations. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency is responsible for the licensing/certification and consumer protection of prefabricated storm shelters. The Emergency Management Agency ensures that the shelter design complies with the standards set forth by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and has the oversight authority on all storm shelters which includes both community and residential. The Alabama Legislative Act 2012-224 defines the licensing requirements for manufacturers of prefabricated storm shelters.

Surety Bond and Permit Requirements:

  1. Submit copies of blueprints meeting current FEMA and ICC-500 standards and stipulate the shelters number of accommodations for persons: standing, in wheelchairs and/or bedridden
  2. All resident and nonresident manufacturers must obtain a surety bond in the amount of $20,000 and submit an original bond annually to the Alabama Emergency Management Agency
  3. Submit for approval of the design and building of prefabricated storm shelters that includes:
  • That each shelter plan is stamped on the first blueprint page and;
  • That the shelter complies with the applicable standards of FEMA ICC-500 Codes;
  • Dated and;
  • Signed by a registered architect or licensed engineer
  • How Much Does an Emergency Management Agency Bond Cost?

    The premium you pay for an Alabama Emergency Management Agency Permit Bond is dependent on credit. Our rates start at $200 with good credit. Contact our Surety Bond Specialists for a free quote.

    Did You Know?

    The Alabama Emergency Management Agency may perform random inspections of manufacturers and installation of residential storm shelters at no cost to the manufacturer or the consumer.

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