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Expert’s NWS Statement Reveals Serious Problems in Tornado WARNINGS & Manufactured Housing Safety Data

January 30th, 2018 Comments off

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Greg Schoor is about to become much better known in MHVille.

 

In an exclusive statement published on MHLivingNews, a National Weather Service (NWS) severe storms expert – Greg Schoor – has made admissions that could shake the foundation of what the public has been led to believe about manufactured homes and severe windstorm fatalities.

Schoor admits that tornado death-counts for mobile and manufactured homes fail to make a number of obvious, and important, distinctions.

 

What Was Said by Schoor, What It Means, and What This Could Mean for MH Owners, Shoppers and the MH Industry

TornadoUSDeathsChinaPersonPickedUpYouTubeDailyBusinessNewsManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNews_001For example, per Schoor’s statement, if someone dies outdoors of their dwelling as a result of following the weatherman’s advice to leave their “mobile home,” and “immediately seek other shelter,” that tragedy has been counted as a tornado death in a factory-built, “mobile home.

For another example, if someone dies from any cause, – including a structural failure, a heart attack, or a tree falling and killing someone – those are all being tallied as a storm death attributed to the mobile or manufactured home (MH).

Schoor’s carefully analyzed statements provide numerous revelations that should be a wake-up call for MH industry professionals.

Third-party research or news reports often paint manufactured homes in a negative light, which routinely includes the use of the apparently problematic NWS statistics.

A recent example is the flawed research published in 2017 by Michigan State University (MSU), debunked last year in an analysis by MHProNews, in concert with key Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) staff.

What the newest ManufacturedHomeLivingNews expose implies is that the actual number of deaths tied to structural failure is lower than is being reported.

Further, the MHLivingNews report spotlights how the frequency or odds of even such misleading ‘tornado death tolls’ are incredibly low.

Perhaps worse is the implication that people who take a weatherman’s warning to heart, and leave their homes, could well be dying as a result. They might well have survived, if they had sheltered in place, following tips in the same, new MHLivingNews special report.

That in-depth special report – which includes dramatic video – is linked below.

Weather Expert’s Surprising, Bombshell Statement on Tornado Deaths and Affordable Manufactured Homes

 

Help Us, Help You, Help Others.”  ©

Industry professionals and MH homeowners are advised to post that special report link on MHLivingNews – shown immediately above – on their social media, as it could save lives…

…and over time, further exposure of these facts could lead to  more respect, a better understanding and thus additional new manufactured homes being sold, as the truth is better understood.

Industry members have told us that sharing the windstorms video with customers have helped them quell the fears of buyers “sitting in the fence.”

 

Why the Schoor Report Matters to Virtually Everyone in MHVille

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L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach addressing industry professionals in an educational session.

While the surveys have been unscientific, L. A. “Tony” Kovach in his public presentations has asked a variation on the following question for years. It is safe to estimate that over 1,000 manufactured home professionals in recent years have publicly raised their hands to agree with the following.  Here’s the question.

Do you believe that negative media reports that focus on tornado deaths in mobile or manufactured homes hurts the industry’s image, and therefor sales?’

Virtually every hand in every group in every location has gone up. Literally not one hand was raised to disagree with that assessment.

 

What Started This Report – the Origin was an MH Industry Pro’s News Tip

The Daily Business News wants to acknowledge that this story began as a tip from a manufactured home community owner.

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Texas Isn’t Only Weather Disaster Impacting Manufactured Housing

August 29th, 2017 Comments off
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Featured image credit, The Weather Channel.

Yesterday they told us we needed to leave,” said Kristie Troyer, resident of Wilder RV Resort – which includes manufactured homes – in south Fort Myers, Florida. “We don’t know when we’ll get back in … or if we will.”

The situation in Texas is certainly tragically epic, compared to this news from Florida, because over 12 trillion gallons of water have reportedly fallen from the skies to date per Drudge. 

But there is suffering in south Florida too.

Today and even into tomorrow we’re still looking at some chances of heavy rain,” said John Michael, of the National Weather Service, on Monday, per USA Today. “We’re looking at 1 to 2 inches in your area, and there will be some localized rain of 4 to 6 inches. Tuesday could be little less, but it could be a 1 to 2 inches again.”

Across southwest Florida, cities have seen rainfall up to 16-inches.

Flood-watches have ended in most of southwest Florida, but remain in areas where the most flooding occurred.

Flooding, Evacuation and Those Who Choose to Stay Home

For the Troyer family and other residents of Wilder RV Resort the flooding meant evacuating as early as Saturday, per News Press.

The community saw 13.2-inches of rain. So far it has not been stated whether residents have been able to get into their homes to assess any potential damage.

This was home,” Troyer said of their RV. “This is what we owned. Everything we owned was in our truck, our house as we call it, and a storage unit. We’re living in a hotel.”

Many of the residents of the resort were seasonal residents – or snowbirds as the locals call them. This meant that only a handful of residents had to evacuate the combination RV park, manufactured home community.

Similarly, a couple hours north in Manatee County another combination MHC and RV park were urged to evacuate, per the Herald Tribune.

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South Fort Myers to Manatee County, Florida. Image credit, Google Maps.

However, many residents chose to stay put in Vista del Lago Mobile Home and RV Park. Despite record rainfalls at 8.12 inches, the water stopped rising below the doorways of the homes in the community.

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Flooding in Manatee County. Image credit, Herald Tribune.

Storm Development, Potential Tropical Storm Irma?

This weather system, for now, has been dubbed Potential Tropical Cyclone Ten – a naming convention used to identify features that have a chance to develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm, but could bring tropical-storm-like impacts to the coast regardless of development – by the National Hurricane Center (NHC),” accordingly to The Weather Channel.

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Tropical Storm Watch and Warning zones. Image credit, The Weather Channel.

The storm was originally expected to become a Tropical Depression or a Tropical Storm within the next day or so.  Some forecasters say the chances appear to be decreasing. But there is a Tropical Storm Watch and Warning’s issued in parts of North and South Carolina. If the storm does continue to progress, it will be named Tropical Storm Irma.

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Potential path of the storm that may become Cyclone 10, or Tropical Storm Irma. Image credit, The Weather Channel.

With some rain still expected throughout Tuesday it will still be a few days before southwest Florida can recover from the storm. For those who evacuated Wilder RV Resort in Fort Myers that will mean finally getting back into their homes.  The impact on businesses and residents alike is well known to all those who have experienced such disasters as a professional.

It’s been years since we’ve seen this much water so this has been really kind of an anomaly for us,” said Chief Dave Cambareri of the San Carlos Park Fire Department, per News Press. “We’re working diligently to help out all of our residents that need to be evacuated or have their needs met.” ## (News.)

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Research Pinpoints where Tornadoes Might Strike

April 28th, 2014 Comments off

After studying 60 years of climatological data from the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center, Purdue University researchers discovered most tornadoes touch down in what are called “transition zones,” areas where the topography changes dramatically, as in forests to open plains, or from tall urban buildings to farmland. Co-author of the study, Indiana state climatologist Dev Niyogi, says tornadoes in urban areas typically touchdown one to ten miles from city center; and manufactured housing communities (MHCs) are frequently just beyond city limits in open fields, according to cbslocal.com out of Chicago. Niyogi informs MHProNews.com city planners of the future need to consider these transition zones when laying out large-scale developments. ##

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MH Destroyed during AL Storms Unusually Low

May 2nd, 2012 Comments off

In the wake of the deadly tornadoes that ripped through Alabama last year, WSFA-TV in Montgomery, AL, like many in the media and in the National Weather Service (NWS), does not distinguish between pre-HUD Code homes and those built after 1976. However, Tommy Colley, who trains MH installers for the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission (AMHC), says, “Case after case, we see site built homes on either side of a manufactured home that were blown away, but it’s still standing.” The second largest producer of MH in the nation, where some 700,000 people live in factory-built housing, Alabama does a complete 100 percent inspection of every manufactured home installed in the state. Although NWS Meteorologist Kevin Laws says, “No place is more dangerous than a mobile home,” Sherry Norris, Executive Director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association states many of the homes ravaged by the storms were pre-HUD Code homes. “Nothing can withstand the storms we have seen over the last year. That’s why we encourage everyone to find a shelter underground. It’s the same situation for a site built home,” she adds. MHProNews.com has learned officials do acknowledge the death toll and number of MH destroyed during the April storms were unusually low.

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Death Toll Higher in Site-Built Homes

December 13th, 2011 Comments off

AnnistonStar reports in a piece written by the editorial board of the paper, that conventional wisdom maintains site-built homes of bricks and mortar withstand the effects of a tornado better than manufactured housing. However, the National Weather Service (NWS) has determined where 166 of the 248 Alabama victims died during the April 27, 2011 twister that ravaged the state. Sixty-five percent died in site-built-homes, but only 29 percent died in manufactured housing. Sherry Norris, executive director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association, says, “The stats are changing in our favor.” Jim Sloan of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission added, “Manufactured homes stood up at least as well as site-built homes.” The editorial says 15 percent of housing in Alabama is manufactured housing, the fourth highest percentage of all the states, and commends the MH industry for improving the construction of standards of manufactured homes. While noting there may be no place to hide during an EF-4 or EF-5 force tornado, the board insists that stronger structures provide the best protection.

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Weather Radio in Manufactured Homes could Become Federal Law

May 2nd, 2011 Comments off

From Alabama, the Birmingham News reports that Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) has initiated legislation that would require new manufactured homes to have weather alert radios installed in them by the manufacturer.  The same bill passed in the House in 2007, but it did not make it out of the Senate.  The bill would cost the manufacturer $30-50 for each home, and would broadcast nearby weather conditions from the National Weather Service.  It is based on a state law in Indiana.

Tornado Preparedness in Southeast Pennsylvania

May 2nd, 2011 Comments off

From Pennsylvania, Lancaster Online spoke with emergency management officials concerning tornado preparedness in southeastern Pennsylvania, in the wake of the devastating tornadoes in the southern U.S.  The area has several land lease communities, and is the single area in the state where tornadoes historically have struck.  The Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency issued a directive advising anyone who lives in a home without a basement to seek shelter elsewhere.  Noting the recent tornado that swept through the St. Louis Airport, Randall S. Gockley, the agency’s coordinator, says to avoid large-spanned buildings, such as a gymnasium or auditorium, or buildings like the airport that have large glass panels.  He says everyone should have a weather radio, and that once a warning is issued, people generally have eight to 13 minutes to seek shelter.  Sun Communities, Inc., which manages the 500-homesite Pheasant Ridge community, notes it would require an extensive structure to shelter over 1200 residents.  According to the National Weather Service, of the 45 people who died in last year’s tornadoes, more than half did not live in factory-built housing.  See Tornado Survival, The Media and Manufactured Home News, Customer and Business Success, More tornado destruction to conventional construction than to mobile or manufactured homes and Positive Response of Manufactured Housing Industry and Opportunity For You concerning the safety of manufactured housing in extreme weather.