Mobile Homes Texas
Tornadoes and other volatile weather conditions provide very specific challenges to owners of mobile homes. Texas and other states located in tornado alley are especially vulnerable. In recent years, especially since the population of mobile homes owners has increased, some states are beginning to implement legislation that requires owners of mobile homes communities and parks to provide storm shelters for its residents.
While legislation is not yet fully in place, many parks and communities do have storm shelters for its residents. If you currently reside in or are considering purchasing a mobile home, you should be aware of the safety risks that you face in volatile weather like tornadoes. If you are considering purchasing a mobile home Texas is not mandated by law to provide shelters in its parks, but some do. You should know where the nearest safe shelter is before the next tornado season begins.
Plenty of research has been done that indicates that mobile homes are not a safe place to remain during a tornado. If you are in an area where no shelter is readily available, you should make an emergency plan to put into action when volatile weather strikes. Be sure you can hear warning sirens from your location or invest in a weather alert radio.
When a warning is issued, you should know where to go for shelter. If there is nowhere to take shelter nearby, then create your own shelter by installing a storm cellar or even finding a low-lying area like a ditch where you can take shelter. You are safer in low-lying areas than remaining in your home because of flying debris. Do not try to get in your vehicle and outrun the tornado.
Make sure you have an up-to-date homeowner’s insurance policy to cover any losses on your home. Also be sure that your mobile home is properly installed on your site and properly anchored or tied. Many homes suffer unnecessary damage from improper installation.
If you reside in a community where no shelter exists, consider talking to the owner of the community about providing emergency shelter for its residents. You can also contact local officials if you believe you have no adequate emergency shelter available. They can give you information and contacts to help you develop a plan in a dangerous situation.
The months between early March and August are deemed tornado season, but tornadoes can and do occur year-round. Insuring your belongings and property makes them easily replaceable in the event of loss, but no one can replace the loss of life. Develop a plan and be prepared owners if you live in mobile homes, especially in Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Talk with other residents in your community if you believe a plan should be developed and that park owners and local officials should be involved. Take action in some way and you can remain safe should the worst happen where you live.
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