Posts Tagged ‘disaster-relief housing’

FEMA, Manufactured Housing Units, Behind the Scenes Look, Hurricane Florence Backgrounder

September 12th, 2018 Comments off



Hurricane Irene was a storm that hit North Carolina a few years ago that can give some insights into what the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is doing to prepare for the expected strike Friday of Hurricane Florence. FEMA stressed yesterday that they’ve learned from every prior event.


Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) are one of several options that federal officials can respond with when it comes to disaster relief/emergency housing needs.

FEMA and MHUs have evolved since this video linked here or shown above with Adobe flash was produced.

POTUS Trump: Everyone in Hurricane Florence Path Should “Get Out,” Plus MH Market Updates

If Hurricane Florence does hit the East Coast, as many weather experts fear, hopefully FEMA officials will do a better job with their terminology (the t-word is significantly overused in the first linked video, above).



Anecdotal evidence suggests that the wrong terminology impacts price. But it also impacts people’s emotions, see what poet Lois Requist said who rejected the use of the t-word with regard to her home, by clicking here or the image above.

If, God forbid, Florence hits as a major natural disaster, manufactured home production could be shifted, as we learned last year.  


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Disaster Relief Housing Prototype Sited in Brooklyn

June 26th, 2014 Comments off

Updating a story we first published May 22, 2013 regarding proposed modular disaster relief housing by Garrison Architects, a five module prototype has been installed in Brooklyn. Over the next couple of years, different people will live in the units for five days at a time to determine their functionality, according to Available in one-and-three-bedroom configurations, each unit features a living room, bathroom and kitchen, using recyclable materials such as cork floors, and sustainable features which include integrated solar shading, thick insulation and optional photovoltaic panels. Each unit, constructed in Indiana by Mark Line Industries, requires only 15 hours to install and plug in to utilities, MHProNews has discovered.

“Aside from the basics of providing shelter after a disaster, the prototype is innovative because it allows residents to remain within their communities instead of being displaced for months, or even years,” explains architect James Garrison. “ ‘Shelter in place’ allows residents to maintain their support networks – their friends and their families. Keeping neighborhoods intact is crucial for successful rebuilding.” ##

(Photo credit: Andrew Rugge/–disaster relief housing prototype in Brooklyn)

Northern Indiana factory builder gets temporary shot in the arm

September 14th, 2011 Comments off

WNDU-TV reports from Elkhart County, Indiana, that Hi-Tech Housing, Inc. will double its employee roster to meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) demand for 500 additional emergency housing units for North Dakota residents routed by the flooding of the Souris River this past spring. Based in Bristol, IN, this manufactured housing producer held a job fair Sept. 12 to hire 150 workers by week’s end to meet the rush order. John Guequierre, Senior VP with Hi-Tech, says, “Obviously, it’s temporary work. We’re looking for at least two, possibly three months of work.” Undeterred by the limited term of employment, over 100 people lined up for the jobs, some of whom had been out of work for several years. Guequierre says to compensate for the short period of work, employees may earn up to $1,700 per week. One of only three suppliers qualified to meet the government’s tight standards for interior air quality in emergency housing, Hi-Tech plans to open another facility near Middlebury, IN to accommodate production. Given the state of the industry and the economy at large, in this area long known for factory-built housing as well as RV production, the call for work is a welcome sound.

(Graphic credit: Hi-Tech Housing Inc. logo)