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Historic Hurricane Season as Hurricane Irma Approaches the Florida Coast, Can FEMA Keep Up?

September 6th, 2017 Comments off
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Featured image credit, AccuWeather

In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott, and while the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we cannot afford to not be prepared.”

Less than two weeks have passed since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm, leaving a mass of destruction in its wake.

Now, a similarly terrifying storm is making its way through the Atlantic, with enormous potential to make landfall in southern Florida.  While not a record, Fox News said that it could be the first time in 102 years that two category 4 hurricanes make landfall in the U.S.

Hurricane Irma is now a Category 5 hurricane, making landfall in the northern Caribbean Islands. The storm is expected to downgrade to a Category 4 before potentially making landfall in southern Florida, per AccuWeather.

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Potential impact zones for Hurricane Irma. Image credit, AccuWeather.

At this time, it is too soon to tell where or if it will hit in Florida.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott. Image credit, Wikipedia.

But given the computer models, Governor Scott has already declared a State of Emergency for all counties in the state.

He has also activated the Florida Air and Army National Guard, with 100 members called to duty immediately.

All 7,000 members of the state’s guard are expected to report Friday morning, per the Orlando Sentinel.

Our state emergency management officials are working with our federal and local partners to prepare for any potential impacts from this dangerous storm,” Scott said. “And it is crucial that we have access to every available resource to protect our families and communities.”

Emergency measures that may be taken include shoring up beach dunes, building emergency beams, and plans for potential evacuation.

It is incredibly important that all Floridians pay attention to this incredibly dangerous storm,’’ Scott urged residents. “Do not sit and wait to prepare. Prepare now.”

Residents, both new and life-long, are not taking chances when it comes to this storm. According to the Herald Tribune, keeping water on the shelves was nearly impossible for stores on Tuesday.

Since the storm isn’t expected to reach the state until sometime Friday to Sunday, residents have time to plan.“Time is definitely on our side,” said Matt Bragaw, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Melbourne. “It’s definitely daunting, but it’s times like this where being calm and collected are a necessity.”

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Carrie Morse of Sarasota stocks up on hurricane supplies at Circle A Food Place in Sarasota, FL. on Tuesday. Image and captaion credit, the Herald Tribune.

Even for those who will not experience a direct impact with Irma there will be high winds and heavy rains over the weekend.

This is definitely a serious situation for everyone in the Florida peninsula,” Bragaw said. “If [the storm] steers east or west, we’ll still feel some impacts.”

FEMA Could Pre-Position Manufactured Homes, Buy Others from HUD Code Home Sellers

As the Daily Business News report linked from the graphic below stated, now is a good time for manufactured home sellers to contact FEMA officials, who are already seeking manufactured homes in disaster impacted Texas and Louisiana.

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It is unknown at this time what effect, if any, a weather related disaster may have on planned manufactured housing industry events in Florida.

Can FEMA Keep Up With Two Category 4 Hurricanes?

Since FEMA and other government resources will be strained due to last week’s destruction in Texas, more preparation and storm aftermath may rest on individuals, Myers said. It may be crucial to evacuate ahead of the storm, so preparation is key,” per AccuWeather.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is already working around the clock in Texas to help get the nearly 40,000 people who lost their homes out of shelters, and into a more permanent form of housing. Just yesterday, the agency issued an urgent call for manufactured homes for Hurricane Harvey survivors.

In Texas, relief efforts came quickly because President Trump declared a State of Emergency ahead of time, as the Daily Business News has previously reported.

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Featured image credit, Hurricane Harvey Relief.

In preparation for Irma, President Trump has done the same – declaring a State of Emergency in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday, per Fox News.

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Three of many possible paths Hurricane Irma can take over the weekend. Image credit, AccuWeather.

However, with relief efforts only beginning in Texas, will FEMA be able to keep up with the needs of Americans if Irma makes landfall as a Category 4 hurricane?

The U.S. has not sustained a direct hit from two Category 4 or above hurricanes in more than 100 years,” Evan Myers, AccuWeather expert senior meteorologist and chief operating officer, said.

Readers from Florida – as well as anyone who wants to keep track of where Hurricane Irma is headed – can keep watch with the livestream below.

If there is an evacuation order in your area, please follow it,” Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday. “We can rebuild your home but we cannot rebuild your life.” ## (News.)

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Sixteen Manufactured Homes Land in Colorado

November 4th, 2013 Comments off

Updating a story MHProNews last published Oct. 3 regarding Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) efforts to find housing for Colorado’s September flood victims, 9news.com reports from Henderson, CO the first 16 of 50 or more manufactured homes have arrived at a parking lot behind a flea market north of Denver. Arranged in one, two and three-bedroom models, each unit is completely furnished and will be sited in existing manufactured housing communities in Boulder and Weld Counties for those who qualify. As in past disaster situations, occupants can remain rent free in the homes for up to 18 months. The first set of homes should be operational by the end of Nov., with an emphasis on those whose homes will not be habitable before winter weather sets in.

(Photo credit: 9news.com–FEMA homes arrive furnished for flood survivors.)

FEMA’s Mission Ends in North Dakota

September 25th, 2013 Comments off

Following a story we last posted Nov. 27, 2012 regarding manufactured homes imported into Minot, North Dakota by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to house survivors of the Souris River flood in 2011, the FEMA mission ended Sept. 24 as the last households secured permanent housing. Over 2,000 manufactured homes were brought in to the region as FEMA established three manufactured home communities (MHCs), according to loansafe.org. Some of the homes were sited in five existing MHCs, and over 1,100 manufactured homes were placed on private property. As the program wound down, 265 of the housing units were sold to residents for permanent housing. In addition to organizing the housing mission, FEMA assisted Souris Valley residents to the tune of $90 million for repairs to homes, for rent for those whose homes were temporarily uninhabitable. In total, MHProNews understands FEMA provided $400 million in disaster assistance to individuals and local governments as a result of the flooding.

(Photo credit: minotdailynews–Souris River flood aftermath)

FEMA may Bring in Modular Homes for those Displaced by the Flood

September 17th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned over 6,400 Colorado flood victims have applied for federal aid, and $430,000 has been approved in individual assistance. President Obama made an “emergency” and a “major disaster” declaration for Colorado based on the flooding, which opens the door to tens of millions of dollars in reimbursement to local government as well as to individuals. While the denverpost.com notes the possible Sept. 30 shutdown of the government, there is enough funding available in the disaster relief budget. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Craig Fugate states the housing programs to assist those displaced include repairing existing homes, renting dwellings, and the use of modular homes.

(Photo credit: Denver Post)

Emergency Manufactured Homes may Assist in Colorado Flooding

September 16th, 2013 Comments off

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Chief Craig Fugate met with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and members of the state’s congressional delegation to discuss rebuilding and housing options regarding the over 19,000 buildings and homes damaged, and 1,502 homes destroyed, by the flooding along the Front Range. In addition over 30 highway bridges have been washed out. Fugate offered a fuller analysis of the damage may not be realized for up to three weeks, but according to denverpost.com, FEMA will try to find rental units for those left homeless as it does during catastrophes of this type. If necessary emergency manufactured housing units will be brought in, as MHProNews has learned.

(Photo credit: John Wark/Associated Press–South Platte River near Greeley, Colorado washes out road)

West, Texas Schools using Modular Classrooms

September 12th, 2013 Comments off

The devastating April 17 explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. in West, Texas destroyed the intermediate, high school and parts of the middle school. The West Independent School District (ISD) received $2.75 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to purchase several modular classrooms that will temporarily serve as classrooms. Modular units for the science labs, the band hall, locker rooms and administrative offices should all arrive within two weeks, according to wacotrib.com. In terms of rebuilding the schools, FEMA offers two options, both related to Hurricane Sandy: Under the pre-Sandy method, there is no limit on the amount received, but there are restrictions on how it is spent; the post-Sandy method, MHProNews has learned, caps the spending but is less restrictive in how the funds are spent, and the money is received up front. The ISD hopes to have all new buildings by fall, 2015.

(Photo credit: Joe Bryksa/winnipegfreepress.com–modular classroom)

MHC Residents Protest City, FEMA Decision

August 26th, 2013 Comments off

credit-daily-herald-fox-points-residents-protest-wheeling-il-posted-daily-business-news-manufactured-housing-professional-news-Residents of Fox Point manufactured home community in Wheeling, IL protested the town and FEMA’s actions that could keep them from re-occupying homes damaged in floods last April. The dailyhearld tells MHProNews that about two dozen picketers carried signs reading, “Stop discriminating” and “We are poor, not stupid,” as they delivered a letter to Wheeling village’s president, Dean Argiris, demanding their homes not be destroyed for economic development. “We feel that the damage (in last April’s floods) was minimal and that this is an excuse for the village of Wheeling to force our 41 families out of our homes to be displaced,” said resident Javier Barrera in the letter. A village news release stated that the village’s community development department, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials, along with county and state emergency management agencies performed damage assessments after the April flooding. As a result of the floodway designation, the homes may not be repaired or replaced. ##

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FEMA Disaster Housing: Manufactured Homes instead of Park Models

July 11th, 2013 Comments off

A switch by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from Park Model homes to manufactured homes for disaster housing has some FEMA field staff members, among others, shaking their heads. According to the Homeland Security Dept. Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the larger manufactured homes often require siting in existing communities, which will cost FEMA $76 million annually. The Park Models measure 12 feet wide by 33 feet long, are more transportable, have fewer restrictions in terms of siting, can be placed on the property of the family rebuilding their home and are closer to schools. But FEMA points out the manufactured homes are made according to HUD Code, which insures safe levels of formaldehyde, and and are more suitable to longer-term occupancy. As MHProNews has learned from fiercehomelandsecurity, the OIG suggested FEMA bring back a housing option similar to the Park Model, which is less expensive and can be moved more quickly than a manufactured house.

(Photo credit: Russ Desantis/therecord–manufactured homes stored at Six Flags in New Jersey.)

Modular Homes to West, Tex? The City Hopes

July 10th, 2013 Comments off

Bringing modular homes into West, Tex. to people displaced by the April 17, 2013 explosion will cost $10,000 each, which does not include hooking up to utilities. The forty units, as MHProNews reported June 11, 2013, would house two families apiece, but will be available only to residents who are rebuilding for two years. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declined to bring in temporary housing, saying there are sufficient rentals available in the West area. The county can provide manpower and equipment to install the homes, but neither it nor the city has funds to transport the modular units from Killeen, Tex. to West, the wacotrib reports. The city’s Long-Term Recovery Committee Executive Director Karen Bernsen says she wants to bring the residents back closer to where they are rebuilding their homes, and intends to file for state and federal assistance to transport the homes.

(Photo credit: merchantcircle–modular home being sited)

West, Tex. Considers Modular Housing

June 11th, 2013 Comments off

The wacotrib informs MHProNews the city of West, Tex., that was hit with the April 17 fertilizer explosion, is exploring the feasibility of bringing modular units to house the residents displaced by the blast. Each structure would house two families, but would cost $10,000 to haul from Killeen, Tex., not including utility hook-ups. Each dwelling has three bedrooms and a bath, and would be owned by a private company as rentals. Residents could occupy them while their own homes are being rebuilt. Forty are immediately available, each requiring a quarter of an acre, steering the city to seek a ten acre plot where the homes can be sited. West would also have to provide infrastructure for the modular units, including utility lines and roads, both of which are major expenses. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will not help because of the abundance of hotel rooms in the area.

(Photo credit: KBS Systems–modular duplex)