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Message from White House, Federal Officials on Hurricane Florence, Other Looming Storms

September 13th, 2018 Comments off

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The White House pressroom has released the following statement last night to MHProNews readers.

 

It should be noted that the latest information this morning indicates that Florence may be weakening. But even if the storm stalls, it could result in tremendous rainfalls, that can lead to flooding and other life-threatening safety issues.

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That said, as President Trump and local officials have urged, readers in the path of the events should take every precaution.

What follows is the White House official video and photo.  After the White House statement and video, there will be some related story links, further below.

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This week, three major storms threaten American communities across an area spanning nearly 5,000 miles: Hurricane Florence (the Southeastern coast), Tropical Storm Olivia (Hawaii), and Tropical Storm Isaac (the Caribbean).

Hurricane Florence in particular poses a catastrophic threat to millions living in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia. The storm is expected to produce total rainfall of 20 to 30 inches, with isolated amounts up to 40 inches. “These numbers are hard to comprehend, but based on past experience, this amount of rain produces life-threatening, catastrophic flooding,” the National Weather Service tweeted.

President Donald J. Trump met with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, and other senior officials yesterday in the Oval Office to discuss preparations. “Hurricane Florence is setting out to be a devastating event,” Administrator Long said, comparing its potential to Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

The Administration is focused on helping state leaders and the general public alike before, during, and after the storm makes landfall. “We’re supporting the governors with achieving their life safety evacuation and movements,” Administrator Long said. “We’re focused on mass care and sheltering. And then we’ll be focused on helping them to execute their response and recovery goals.”

Earlier this week, President Trump approved emergency declarations for SouthCarolinaNorth Carolina, and Virginia. “I’ve spoken with the governors,” President Trump said yesterday. “They’re prepared. We’re prepared.”

To all Americans in the path of these storms: Be safe, be ready, and follow the advice of local officials.  

For more information and resources, please visit www.ready.gov.

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Hundreds of thousands of housing units are threatened areas. If a devastating event does occur, demand for manufactured homes will likely surge. FEMA related information is found in the related reports, linked further below.

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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.)

FEMA Plans for Disaster Housing

January 24th, 2013 Comments off

Homeland Security Today tells MHProNews the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is holding two half-day briefings Feb. 19 to, one, discuss the construction of temporary manufactured housing with industry officials the first half, and the hauling and installation of the units the second half. FEMA intends to hold a design competition for these disaster survivor homes. The common design chosen would standardize construction so utility hook-ups would be in the same place with each unit regardless of house size. An exact pattern is easier and quicker to replicate when the available supply is short and the need is great following a disaster.

(Photo credit: FEMA/Tim Burkitt)