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Emergency Request For Proposals for Manufactured Homes, Deadline Tomorrow

October 3rd, 2017 1 comment

EmergencyTxGLOProposalsRequestedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe Texas General Land Office (GLO) is Requesting Proposals from qualified Respondents to manufacture and supply residential Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) as temporary housing for Texas residents affected by Hurricane Harvey in designated areas along the Texas coast and inland,” said the agency in a release.

DJ Pendleton and the TMHA are “currently aware of at least one major staging area in Herne, Texas.  We suspect additional areas will soon be developed, and have heard one such area might be near the San Antonio area,” they said in a statement to MHProNews.com.

The services solicited herein include the manufacture and delivery of the MHUs to staging areas designated by the GLO in Rockport, Corpus Christi, and Houston, Texas,” the Texas GLO said.

The solicitation, see below, includes transportation, installation and maintenance of said MHUs.

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D.J. Pendleton. TMHA – credit, MHProNews.

Respondents may also submit proposals under this Solicitation to transport the MHUs from the staging areas to the residents’ home sites, install them on site, and provide maintenance for the duration of occupation by the residents.”

The published deadline is 10.4.2017 at PM CT.

Agency Requisition Number:   RFP-X0013723-DF

For additional information, click here and here.

TMHA tells MHProNews that they may be getting additional information later today.  If so, there will be an effort made to update this report once that information is in hand.

For a prior Daily Business News reports on post-Hurricane Harvey related FEMA are linked below.  ## (News, disaster response, analysis.)

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1000s of Homes Needed, Independent Clayton Retailer Expresses Concern, Frustration with FEMA Connected Delays

September 19th, 2017 Comments off

TejasHomesLogoGusRodriguezCo-OwnerDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsAn informed source tells MHProNews that “I have been told that FEMA has 3,700 units on hand and they have commitments for about 11,000. However, they needed 36,000 before Irma.”

To put that total need by FEMA into perspective, last year, the entire manufactured housing industry produced some 81,100 HUD Code manufactured homes.

With manufactured home retail and community orders rising, the very real possibility exists that if FEMA demands that their orders take priority, as multiple sources reported to the Daily Business News (DBN) on MHProNews recently, then manufactured housing retailers and communities could be left out in the cold.

And that – says independent retailer Gus Rodriguez of Tejas Homes in Conroe, TX – could harm an operation like his, or numerous others.

Rodriguez stated in an on-the-record series of messages to MHProNews that one of his Clayton (CMH) plants has told his company that their next order won’t arrive until February 2018.

We can see why FEMA buys direct from manufacturers to expedite new homes to those [storm victims] who lost their homes,” Rodriguez said. He is “Absolutely” sympathetic to the needs of those tens of thousands of hurricane victims.

However,” the Tejas Homes leader asked, “who is looking out for the long-term viability of the [independent] retailer organizations?”

Other independents are asking the same thing.  Who is looking out for them?

Rodriguez Isn’t Alone

Rodriguez isn’t alone in his numerous concerns.

One of MHProNews’ original sources on this challenging issue said last week, “FEMA threaten [sic] to force manufacturers to put them in front of retailers [sic] orders. The threat is real but keep my name out of it. I will shut my plant down and they will have to nationalize before we build them sh-t,”

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FEMA has yet to respond to these concerns, but an association source in contact with them told the DBN,It is my understanding that if there is an emergency declaration that FEMA can require manufacturers that they have contracts with to provide them with priority production.  I don’t know the details.”

That statement was verified independently by a memo from the RVIA, see that document on the report, linked here.

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Collage by MHProNews.  The RVIA says they have stood up for their industry’s independent retailers, what about manufactured housing industry associations and producers? 

While the RVIA has stated that they support FEMA buying from retailers, no parallel statement is known to have come from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).  Yet, MHI purports to represent independents as well as corporate giants.  Some ask, is that yet another apparent MHI disconnect?

Independents Express Concerns

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FEMA has asked retailers and communities to sell directly to them. However, FEMA is also going directly to producers, and per one normally informed source, to “brokers” of HUD Code manufactured homes as well.

Several independents have expressed concerns off-the-record to MHProNews about FEMA by-passing retailers and communities in their purchases.

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One source said, “The industry is experiencing unprecedented backlogs, the likes of which I have not seen in my 45 years in the industry; and this was before the hurricanes.”

Manufacturers who take FEMA orders direct are hurting their existing dealer base.  FEMA should have to buy from Retailers just like everyone else,” that multiple location operation told the DBN.

Rodriguez statements would suggest that he agrees.

There is a real impact to retailers when you take out 4 months – or 1/3 of a year’s – availability away,” Rodriguez said.

We applaud Legacy Housing Ltd. in Texas for their approach to provide housing availability thru their retailers,” he added, while noting that Legacy’s Georgia plant may not be following that same standard. Their Georgia plant is building FEMA houses, his source with the company told Rodriguez.

Other Sources, Concerns

Another industry professional expressed concerns that FEMA’s process of using brokers can make “millionaires” out of some.

In a detailed statement, another source said that FEMA’s system is inefficient, and that better ways could be used that the current MHU process.  That statement is linked here.

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MHI, Clayton Homes, MHARR and FEMA

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has previously stated to MHProNews that they encourage the use of manufactured homes over RVs. But the Washington, D.C. based association has not yet been specific on how they believe that distribution to FEMA should take place.

MHProNews will reach out again for comments from MHI, Clayton Homes, and FEMA ## (News, analysis.)

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Association, Members Respond to Hurricane Harvey, FEMA and Related Manufactured Housing Efforts

September 8th, 2017 Comments off
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With tens of thousands of households left homeless after Hurricane Harvey, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is preparing for what administrator Brock Long believes could be years of work to get people back into homes.

  • As the Daily Business News (DBN) on MHProNews has previously reported,
    FEMA,
    the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),
    as well as manufactured housing industry professionals,

are all gearing up for the biggest housing relief efforts seen in the United States to date.

The DBN has also reported on an urgent call from FEMA for manufactured homes.

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Lance Latham, AL Manufactured Housing Association.

Now the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA) has informed MHProNews that many of the 4,500 requested emergency housing units will come from Alabama.

A lot of our retailers and manufacturing plants are already FEMA contractors, and they have a great deal of experience with building these homes,” said Alabama Manufactured Housing Association Deputy Director, Lance Latham.

“Alabama is Uniquely Prepared to Meet this Need”

There are some twelve manufactured housing plants in the state of Alabama.  Those production centers reported have nearly 4,000 employees. In 2016, those manufactured home plants produced more than 11,000 homes.

That total, sources say, does not include units made specifically for FEMA.

Our industry is very strong in Alabama, and because of that we are in a position to help,” said Latham. “As one of the top four states in the country for producing manufactured housing, Alabama is uniquely prepared to meet this need.”

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FEMA manufactured homes that were used in Minnesota after flooding. Image credit, FEMA.

FEMA Manufactured Housing Units (MHU) can be between one and three bedrooms, and must be handicap accessible. The MHUs are built and inspected to the same HUD Code for manufactured homes, but have specific features that FEMA desires for emergency relief use.

During the recent urgent call for manufactured homes, FEMA will be taking all homes up to three bedrooms, and no larger than 16 X 72, per Federal Business Opportunities.

While FEMA gathers up existing manufactured homes for survivors of Harvey in Texas or Louisiana, manufacturers will need to replenish their inventory. Builders are striving to keep up with existing sales from retailers, communities and developers.  But they are also striving to prepare for the possibility of major hurricane destruction in Florida and the southeastern Atlantic, as Hurricane Irma is projected to make landfall.

Disruption in the Supply Chain Could Stall Production

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Supplies like plywood could see a shortage due to Hurricane Harvey. Image credit, Love To Know.

Sources in Alabama have told MHProNews that there could be a temporary disruption of supplies as many of the suppliers are in the Houston metro area, where Hurricane Harvey made landfall less than two weeks ago.

Disruption in the supply chain is expected to affect both manufactured housing and the conventional housing industries, as well as remodelers. The first things expected to see a price hike are plywood and OSB.

According to the same sources, several manufacturers are already announcing the rise in prices to retailers, communities and developers.

The price of fuel is also temporarily up, which will tend to lead to a fuel surcharges.

All these potential shortages can affect the efficiency of the production of additional manufactured homes for FEMA.  Still, the response time using MHUs or other manufactured homes is likely to be much more rapid than conventional construction, because similar factors will impact ‘stick builders.’

Regardless, AMHA states that manufacturers in Alabama are prepared, and that “the plants can easily switch over to doing FEMA units,” per AL.com. ## (News.)

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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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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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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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In Response To Tragedy, A Principle Based Message of Hope, Solidarity, Subsidiarity

August 31st, 2017 Comments off
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Over the past few weeks the nation has experienced a lot of tragedy.

First, there was the sad events in Charlottesville, which raised the ugly specter of racism among a tiny group of Americans again.  

Then, there is the more recent Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas, which has shown an example of people of all backgrounds pulling together. But the sheer scope of the tragedy can’t be measured in the cost in dollars alone.

In response to Charlottesville, manufactured housing advocate, the Reverend Donald Tye, Jr. and MHLivingNews/MHProNews publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach prepared a statement of “healing and hope.”

Citing sources, Tye and Kovach point to principles of Christianity and morality as foundational in America.   Not to declare a national religion, but to encourage the best of people, the duo say.

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As people from a variety of walks of life come together to help those devastated by Charlottesville, Texas, Florida and now Louisiana, the reminder they shared is that we are all part of one human race, one nation, and one earth.

Among their quotes, “United we stand, divided we fall.”

You can read the full statement from Reverend Donald Tye, Jr. and Kovach on MHLivingNews, linked here. ## (News, announcement, analysis.)

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VP Mike Pence, Industry Voices Sound Off on Manufactured Housing Relief for Harvey Victims

August 31st, 2017 Comments off
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The state of Texas is about to undergo one of the largest recovery-housing missions that the nation has ever seen,” Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long said during a news conference Monday. “It’s a long process. Housing is going to be very frustrating in Texas. We have to set the expectations.”

Since last Friday the Daily Business News has been tracking Hurricane Harvey, the devastation left in its wake, and what it could mean for manufactured housing.

What was originally estimated to be just under $40 billion in damages has quickly turned into $100 billion or more, per Newsmax.

The Daily Business News has also reported that FEMA is already gearing up for what Long estimates could be years trying to rectify housing needs in Texas.

Once you start to wrap up the life safety mission and you’re moving citizens who may be trapped or isolated, you’re trying to get them to a shelter, you’re trying to minimize the time that they spend in that shelter,” said Long.

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Brock Long, Administrator of FEMA. Image credit, Congressional Fire Services Institute.

As the search and rescue phase begins to draw to a close, thousands of households are thinking in terms of long-term shelters. FEMA’s goal is to support Texas – and now Louisiana – to get storm victims out of shelters and into some form of semi-permanent or permanent housing near their communities and jobs, as much as possible.

Housing is going to be very frustrating in Texas,” Long said. “And we have to set the expectations. But we already have disaster housing assessment teams on site. We’re already working very proactively with the state.”

Those who have no financial means to obtain new housing will have access to disaster assistance, which will find them accommodations at motels or apartments.

So far, more than 22,000 have begun the application process for emergency disaster assistance, per USA Today.

The goal of this is, if we can’t put you back in your home because it’s destroyed or because the floodwaters are there and are going to be there a while, we want to get you out of the long-term sheltering,” Long said.

FEMA’s Manufactured Homes Will Be an Option for Thousands Displaced by the Storm

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Thousands of manufactured homes are pre-positioned to respond,” said Vice President Mike Pence to Sean Hannity on his radio show.

FEMA says that this time, manufactured homes are being used as a last resort accommodation, when there are no longer hotels or apartments available for housing.

The last resort is to bring in manufactured homes and travel trailers,” Long said.

But that is a long process,” he added. “We don’t start dragging in manufactured homes and travel trailers right off the bat. They’re not going to be on your property tomorrow by any means.”

While Long said that they will bring in manufactured housing, but will also use travel trailers, at least one industry professional is questioning the accuracy of that statement.

Mark Weiss, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) says he thinks that inaccurate.

Well, they’re lumping manufactured housing in with RVs, which is wrong factually and also not FEMA policy as I understand it.  That policy is to use federally regulated HUD Code housing and not RVs,” Weiss told MHProNews.

In his interview with Hannity, Vice President Pence added that manufactured homes would be available sooner “thanks to president Trump signing a disaster declaration before the storm even hit.”

Pence used the correct terminology each time he spoke about the issue of manufactured homes.  A HUD Code producer in Indiana, where Pence was governor, told MHProNews that the vice-president he was “well informed” on the issues, including the use of proper nomenclature.

Another source concurred.

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Vice President Pence is well versed in manufactured housing,”  Ronald L. Breymier, Executive Director, Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) told MHProNews.He is originally from Columbus, Indiana and even before he was elected Governor he was familiar with our industry due to a friendship with one IMHA-RVIC’s board members (now deceased) who owned manufactured housing communities. As Governor he was sensitive to and responsive to Indiana’s manufactured housing industry.”

Logistics

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Weiss told MHProNewsthat saying that MH are the last resort may reflect the practical logistical reality of getting manufactured homes into the disaster zone in significant numbers, right away.”

Texas MHA Will Help Provide Housing

FEMA is not the only ones who will be working to provide housing for the Texans who lost their homes in this devastating natural disaster.

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, numerous private and corporate groups, and the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) are all among also doing what they can to help residents get back into homes as soon as possible.

TMHA has pledged to help in both the immediate future and long term rebuilding efforts to come.  We are organizing within our membership ranks to prepare in the event our industry, in particular, came play a role in the recovery efforts,” the association told MHProNews in a release.

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Texas Manufactured Housing Association. Image credit, TMHA.

TMHA has asked retailers and communities to take stock of their inventories should they be asked about help housing those who were displaced. They said they have not been asked yet, but have been in the past.

Gus Rodriguez of Tejas Homes, near Conroe, TX was among the retailers that told MHProNews that they were gearing up to assist flood victims looking for housing.  The retailer indicated that they closed during the heaviest parts of the storm, but were re-opening and ready to go with a good level of inventory.

 

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FEMA manufactured homes that were used in Minnesota after flooding. Image credit, FEMA.

President Trump Thanks Everyone for Working Together

Earlier this week, the White House Press Room told MHProNews that, Today, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will travel to Corpus Christi, Texas, where they will receive a briefing on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts with local leadership and relief organizations. In the afternoon, the President and the First Lady will tour the Emergency Operations Center in Austin, Texas.”

During the storm briefing, Trump commended everyone in his cabinet for working so hard and so well together to provide Texans with everything they need to get through this terrible time. The full video of the briefing is below.

Louisiana and the LMHA

At this point our thoughts remain with those in Texas that are experiencing what we here in Louisiana felt 12 years ago. We remain ready to assist in any way we can,”  said Leonard Kopowski with the Louisiana Manufactured Housing Association to MHProNews.

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Leonard Kopowski. Credit: MHLivingNews.

 

As far as Louisiana, early reports show nearly 2,000 houses affected and 5,000 residents displaced.  The LMHA will stands ready to serve those seeking new homes for their families,” Kopowski said.

Catastrophic and life-threatening flooding continues in southeastern Texas and portions of southwestern Louisiana,” the National Weather Service said in an advisory this morning. “Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses, as well as other drainage areas and low-lying spots.” ## (News.)

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Is FEMA Prepared for Hurricane Harvey Recovery?

August 29th, 2017 Comments off
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FEMA is going to be there for years,” Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” in regards to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

Long added, “This disaster is going to be a landmark event.”

Hurricane Harvey made landfall last Friday night, between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, Texas. It hit as a category 4 hurricane, per CNN.

Earlier on Friday, the Daily Business News had reported that the storm was expected to do $36.9 billion in damages if it had made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane.

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MHProNews heard from a retailer north of Houston that indicated they had temporarily closed their sales center during the deluge.

They expected to reopen Wednesday or Thursday to brisk business.

Flooding, Destruction 

At this time a more accurate estimate for the damage is unavailable, as the storm is an ongoing event. Considering the storm made landfall as a Category 4 not 3, and the damage is extensive, as the videos below from CNN reveal.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has reminded residents to follow all local weather warnings and says that the Trump Administration has been accommodating throughout the events of the last week.

I’ve talked to President Trump several times, as well as his Cabinet members and his officials, and especially the head of FEMA,” said Abbott. “And we’ve made multiple requests, and we’re getting absolutely everything we need.”

When asked in the CNN interview whether or not FEMA was prepared to stay in Texas for “months on end,” Long replied saying, “We’re setting up and gearing up for the next couple years.”

Damage from Hurricane Harvey goes beyond what was caused by high winds. Much of the damage has been caused by flooding, with people escaping their homes through second story windows and even through holes in the roof – as you saw in the video above.

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Brock Long, Administrator of FEMA. Image credit, Congressional Fire Services Institute.

The state has seen more rain in a few days than they normally see in a year, with The Weather Channel estimating 50 inches of rainfall before the rain finally subsides.

I’m asking for all citizens to get involved here,” Long said. “Donate your money, figure out how you can get involved as we help Texas find a new normal going forward after this devastating disaster.”

FEMA also put up a page today that provides safety tips and emergency numbers for Texans.

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Tragic Events Outline Opportunity for Manufactured Housing

There are an estimated 30,000 people in need of shelter after losing their homes to the storm, per ABC News.

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Manufactured housing Units – designed for FEMA, called MHUs – will be an expected part of the FEMA response. Given the extraordinary damage expected, will FEMA reach out to retailers, as they did during Louisiana flooding? Photo credit, WAFB.

Though the circumstances are tragic, it’s an opportunity for the manufactured housing industry to once more step up to the plate, and provide assistance to those in need.

 

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Damage from Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Notice that manufactured homes in the background seem to be stable, while these RVs have tipped over. Image credit, Washington Times.

Hurricane Harvey was the strongest storm to make landfall in the U.S. in a decade, per The Queensland Times. The destruction it has caused has been significant, and the flooding won’t stop until well after the rain does.

Whether the recovery for the state takes months, or years, it is a long road ahead for the cities in Texas affected by the storm.

The Austin-American Statesman reports that Gov. Abbott gave the Trump administration an “A-plus” for its response to Hurricane Harvey, saying “all across the board, from the White House to the federal administration to FEMA, they’ve been very helpful.”  The president is expected to make a visit today to the flood ravaged state.

This is a storm that the United States has not seen yet,” Long said. ## (News, analysis.)

Related: What Will Cost Be For Hurricane Harvey’s Recovery?

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Hurricane Harvey, Billions in Damage Expected, Tragic Opportunities for Factory Home Builders?

August 25th, 2017 Comments off
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Texas is meeting Hurricane Harvey.  Currently a Category 2, per the NOAA, it is set to do billions of dollars in property damage.

Hurricane Harvey is threatening Texan’s and nearby coastal states with torrential rainfall and flash flooding.

The heavy rains from the storm are expected to continue, perhaps until next Thursday or even Friday.  It may drop as much as 34 inches of rainfall.

That’s as much or more as parts of the state usually sees in a year, all in the course of one week.

The local weather service is being blunt about the situation, saying “some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed away” and “numerous road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out” are likely.

According to the Houston Chronicle and a report released by Irvine, CA based CoreLogic, at least 118,000 homes in the Houston area alone are at risk for damage should the hurricane make landfall, especially if it hits as a Category 3 storm.

The cost to rebuild these homes – including labor and materials – is being estimated at $20.8 billion.

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Along the Texas coast there are around 232,721 homes that are also at risk of damage from Category 3 hurricane conditions.  If so, the estimated cost to rebuild statewide is $39.6 billion.

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Rainfall outlook for Texas during Hurricane Harvey. Credit, The Weather Channel.

These numbers are estimates of course – and until the storm is over there is no way to get a clearer idea of what the total damages will be.

The National Weather Service (NWS) warns that “structural damage to sturdy buildings” and “complete destruction of mobile homes” is likely around the eyewall of the hurricane.  It is unclear, based upon the quotes, if the NWS meant pre-HUD Code mobile home or post-code manufactured homes, or both.

While no one claims manufactured homes are tornado or hurricane proof, the facts reflect a far more durable structure than media and weather services report.

Per a report done in Florida, linked here, the post-storm facts make it clear that manufactured homes – notably those post 1994 – are in several cases performing as well or better than conventional housing.

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You can see for yourself in the MHLivingNews video where people talk about the surprise of coming back after evacuating to their home standing strong and proud as always.

As that previous Daily Business News article points out, some 80% of damages to manufactured homes during hurricanes were due to the improper attachment or tie-down of add-ons, such as porches and carports.  Flying debris is another problem, for all kinds of housing.

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While it is too soon to tell, it would not be a surprise if FEMA was called in, post storm.

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Graphic from a prior story, to see that report, click here. Credit: Russ Desantis, The Record.

While HUD Code manufactured homes are sturdier and safer than older mobile homes, or some conventional housing, residents should follow hurricane evacuation warnings when they are given. ## (News, analysis.)

Friday Evening Update: This storm has progressed into Category 3, and is now a Category 4 hurricane.

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