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Report – Memo Confirms FEMA Can ‘Take Over’ Manufactured Housing Production

September 18th, 2017 Comments off

FEMACommandeerManufacturedHousingProductionCentersLast week’s exclusive report on the Daily Business News advised industry professionals that letters and calls to HUD Code producers can mean that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can essentially ‘take over’ a production facility.

Industry association professionals, speaking off the record, confirmed the concerns of HUD Code producers.  A manufactured home retailer told MHProNews that, “CMH was crawfishing delivery dates today.”

That statement about Clayton manufacturing was on Friday, a similar concern was heard from another retailer, but CMH has not yet confirmed or denied that report.

Industry retailers are often disgruntled about the impact on them from factories that are already stretched on production time.  See the prior report, linked here.

RVIA = Recreation Vehicle Industry Association – Memo to Members

Now, the RVIA has issued a memo to their members, which MHProNews has obtained a copy of’ that memo is available here as a download.

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There has been as of the time this story was drafted no statement by MHI to MHProNews regarding this growing controversy.

That RVIA memo also states that FEMA is making requests.  The RVIA memo seems to see this issue as being within the scope of the Defense Authorization Act.  A copy of that act, as amended, is attached here as a download.

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Collage by MHProNews, the download of the most relevant parts of this memo is available by clicking the image above.

Related reports to this controversy, which impacts several segments of the manufactured housing industry, will be provided as details become available.

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News, September 10 to September 17, 2017

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Our new September issue is live. Our featured articles will be available on the MHProNews.com home page. Our September theme will be available mid-week this week.

 To see the line-up of over 2-dozen featured articles for this month, along with the headline commentary, please click the link above.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

When you read the lineup for the month found on the home page, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©

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Manufactured Home Community Survives Hurricane Harvey, Damage Reports, and Relief Efforts

September 16th, 2017

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Hurricane Irma Disaster Survivor Describes Her Experience

September 12th, 2017 Comments off

WashingtonPostFloridaLostPowerManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsSandy Canard braved the winds of Hurricane Irma inside her manufactured home in a manufactured home community in Melbourne, FL.

Very scary,” she said of her experience Sunday night. “My whole house kept shaking all night. But, thank the Lord, we made it,” per Florida Today.

The water rose quickly, coming into her driveway, she said.

But it receded really fast,” Canard said.

The woman credited recent drainage improvements along John Rhodes Boulevard.  She felt that kept the flooding from being worse.

Stories are pouring into news rooms in Florida and nationally with stories of significant damage, destruction, courage, and survival.

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As the skies clear, and water recedes, damage assessments will begin.

As was reported yesterday evening, insurers believe that they dodged a bullet.

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While damage is extensive, had the storm track hit the east coast in Florida vs. shifting towards the west, the losses would have been greater.  To learn more, click here. ## (News.)

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Bipartisan Praise for Hurricane Irma Preparation, Behind the Scenes Look

September 11th, 2017 Comments off
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Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), state and federal officials are praising the pre-storm response coordination for Hurricane Irma per reports on Fox News and USA Today.

Nelson speaking on Fox, called the federal response, “seamless” with state, local officials and first responders.

Irma is reportedly one of the largest if not the largest hurricanes in a century to hit the United States.

An estimated 6 million plus Floridians were under some level of evacuation orders.  As of 10:12 PM ET, Fox was reporting 3.3 million without power. That total was expected to rise.

Law enforcement has imposed curfews in several cities, such as Miami and Orlando, attempting to suppress looting and other dangers.

MHProNews on the Scene

As MHProNews was moving north on I75 in Florida Saturday, as a steady stream of vehicles were moving south that were pre-positioning for storm response.

Ambulance, fire, law enforcement, tree services, electric services, and generators were all moving south.

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While the traffic wasn’t bumper to bumper, there was a steady stream of emergency and service vehicles that were moving south to stage to pre-hurricane impact zones on Saturday and into Sunday night.  Credits, MHProNews.

Law enforcement presence was heavy on the northbound side of I75.

North of the toll road, about every 1/3 miles, a state trooper vehicle was stationed. When a breakdown occurred – which was not common on Saturday where MHProNews traveled – troopers and service vehicles were able to quickly respond.

Fuel supplies were good in most stations.

Traffic was steady, but not bumper-to-bumper as had been previously reported on Friday.

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A classic Rolls Royce, Mercedes and BMWs were traveling north, along with vehicles by American, European, and Asian car makers.  What wasn’t evident was older vehicles.  Perhaps many with older vehicles were unwilling to risk a breakdown, and opted to shelter in Florida instead?

Unlike Super Storm Sandy or Hurricane Katrina, the response to Harvey and now Irma seemed far better prepared. As was reported previously, FEMA Manufactured Housing Units (MHU) are reportedly among the assets that are being pre-positioned for post-storm housing needs.

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Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) designed for FEMA, will be an expected part of the FEMA response. Will FEMA may reach out to retailers, as they did during post Harvey? Those retailers who want to consider that should note that previously the time line for such calls from FEMA were short, see a report last week, linked here. Photo credit, WAFB.

MH Communities Preparing, Days in Advance

Community operators told MHProNews that they were preparing for days in advance of the storm.  Knowing that flying debris is one of the threats from such storms, making sure that items outdoors around homes that could become projectiles were a focus for them to dump, secure, or put away.

With tens of billions in damage anticipated, numerous manufactured housing supply impacts and opportunities are expected.  The early fatalities being reported have included first responders.  But all over the state, and in neighboring states, church and civic organizations have already been responding to those in need.

The storm could track into parts of Georgia and the Carolinas, but more will be known tomorrow.

MHProNews’ team offers its prayers and best wishes to all those in the impacted areas.

(Update at 7:54 AM ET, Now over 6 Million reportedly without power, according to Florida Power and Light.)

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News, September 3 to September 10, 2017

September 10th, 2017 Comments off
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Our new September issue is live. Our featured articles will be available on the MHProNews.com home page. Our September theme will be available mid-week this week.

 To see the line-up of over 2-dozen featured articles for this month, along with the headline commentary, please click the link above.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

When you read the lineup for the month found on the home page, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©

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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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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 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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