Whether you call them mobile homes or manufactured housing, everyone has heard stories of high winds and tornadoes destroying factory build homes. I new proposal from U.S. Representative Spencer Bachus, (R) from Alabama, may provide added safety for those living in these homes. Bachus has proposed legislation requiring weather alert radios to be installed in new manufactured homes.
Some manufactured housing groups are opposing the legislation saying that it is unfair to single out the industry. While the spring storms of 2011 destroyed all types of structures, Bachus believes that the addition of emergency weather radios cal give residents of mobile homes enough advanced warming to be able to seek shelter especially in the event of an approaching storm late at night. The advanced warning could allow sleeping residents to get their families to community shelters or to a home with a basement.
The cost is reported to be between $11 and $45 per radio. Bachus considers this cost insignificant when compared to the number of lives that could be saved by providing advanced notice of approaching violent weather.
The proposal has received bi-partisan support and will now be passed along to the Senate where it has been well-received in the past, but has failed to pass.