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Is Extreme Weather Declining, Rising? Climate Depot Report, Housing Windstorm Safety Redux

May 2nd, 2017 Comments off
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As the Washington, D.C. Climate March took place this past weekend; a new report from Climate Depot may be like a proverbial rain on their parade.

According to the report, the federal government has just released another key piece of scientific data, one that counters claims of man-made global warming.

The data, from the U.S. Drought Monitor report, shows that droughts in the U.S. are at record lows in 2017.

Drought in the U.S. fell to a record low this week, with just 6.1% of the lower 48 states currently experiencing such dry conditions,” federal officials announced recently.

That’s the lowest percentage in the 17-year history of the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report.”

While climate activists, including former Vice President Al Gore, have made a number of climate claims, including declaring California to be permanent drought, Mother Nature disagrees – the most recent winter cycle saw close to record flooding in the state, and concerns about additional flooding as spring and summer weather melts snow in the mountains.

In spite of the evidence to the contrary, Gore says, “Every night on the news now, practically, is like a nature hike through the book of Revelations.” 

 

Extreme Weather — Mobile Homes, Manufactured Homes, and Conventional Housing Construction?

When bad weather does strike, one of the big misconceptions related to shelter is that modern manufactured homes (built to HUD Code standards, post-1976 – and most notably post the 1994 manufactured home code update – when properly installed, are not less safe than traditional site-built houses.

Tim Reinhold, Ph.D., Chief Engineer for the independent Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) disagrees.

That box [manufactured homes] is going to be built better than any [conventional] home, unless it’s built to hurricane standards.”

The full story from MHLivingNews is linked here. ##

 

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Tornadoes, Severe Weather Ravage South, Misconceptions Abound

January 23rd, 2017 Comments off
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Conventional housing destroyed on the left, reported ‘mobile home’ on the right. Credit: FOX News.

The southern U.S. was severely affected this weekend, as tornadoes and storms destroyed homes, injured dozens and killed 16.

According to the Chicago Tribune, a tornado blew through a manufactured home community in rural Cook County in southern Georgia causing damage and killing seven people.

The tornado leveled the park [sic] before dawn Sunday,” said Coroner Tim Purvis.

Emergency responders searched for survivors for hours after the twister struck.”

Purvis also said the community had about 40 manufactured homes, and roughly half were destroyed.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, officials, news agencies and the general public continue to specifically point out manufactured homes and communities – often identified incorrectly as “mobile homes” and “mobile home parks” – vs. site-built homes in damage reports.

On average, about 1 in 5 structures identified as “mobile homes” by the media are in fact pre-HUD code mobile homes.  They are routinely the ones that suffer the most damage, because HUD Code manufactured homes are more durable by design.

Where a storm strikes determines if more site-built housing is destroyed than factory-built homes.  See the related report, linked here. For example, in Joplin, MO, the deaths reported in 2011 were in conventional housing.

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Damage to a site-built home in Cook County, Georgia. Credit: Chicago Tribune.

As the video below shows, tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters do not discriminate between site built homes, manufactured homes, apartments or any other structure. It should also be noted that properly installed manufactured homes that are built to HUD code are designed to withstand the same elements as site-built homes.  For an interview related on that topic with a former federal official, please click here.

Proof of Parity

Not far from the manufactured home community, Jenny Bullard, injured and wearing a sling on her arm, combed through the rubble of her family’s site built brick house.

All that remained standing Sunday afternoon was the master bedroom and parts of the kitchen.

It’s a horrible tragedy,” said Bullard.

But all this stuff can be replaced. We can’t replace each other. We’re extremely lucky.”

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Jenny Bullard picks up the pieces in her family’s damaged home. Credit: Chicago Tribune.

Per the Tribune, Bullard said she awoke before dawn Sunday to the sound of hail pounding the roof. When she went outside her bedroom door, a collapsing wall in the hallway knocked her down.

She managed to get up and found her father calling for her, trapped under a pile of debris.

She pulled him free, and they found her mother in the master bedroom. They escaped by climbing over piles of furniture and debris where the wall to their home office once stood. Their home was one of many.

A number of homes appeared to be destroyed along a road within about two miles of the manufactured home community, with cinderblocks scattered on the ground, and pine trees uprooted and snapped in half.

President Donald Trump said that he spoke with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on Sunday and expressed his condolences along with his commitment to help.

Tornadoes were vicious and powerful and strong, and they suffered greatly,” said Trump. “So we’ll be helping out the state of Georgia.

An in-depth report that corrects the record on tornadoes, hurricanes, conventional housing and manufactured housing is linked here. ##

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New Sept Issue, Weather, related MHProNews Updates

August 31st, 2016 Comments off
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The leading edge of Tropical Storm Hermine is already causing heavy rain, some local flooding and the declaration of an emergency in Florida, where MHProNews.com and MHLivingNews.com are based.

While the websites should not be impacted by weather, possible power outages could keep us from publishing on our normal schedule.

We’ll update in the morning – or as soon as possible, based upon conditions.  The working plan will be to have the new September featured articles up in ‘waves,’ with the first wave up on, online on the home page by Sept 3rd.  You won’t want to miss it.

In the meantime, check out our new report on MHLivingNews.com on how manufactured housing is poised to respond to the devastation that has followed the disastrous flooding in Louisiana. That new report, is linked here.  ##

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Top – Energy Star rated, residential style manufactured home, built by Sunshine Homes, Inc – photo credit, ManufacturedHomes.com. Lower right, John Bostick, president, Sunshine Homes, Inc., Red Bay, AL, credit, MHProNews.com, center – FEMA Manufactured Home Unit (MHU), credit, FEMA, The Advocate.

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(Editor’s Note: Matthew Silver is taking some much needed and well-earned time off, and L. A. “Tony” Kovach will be helping fill the Daily Business News role in the interim.)

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Rain and Clouds Don’t Dampen Ohio Manufactured Home Show’s Strong Public Attendance

May 19th, 2014 Comments off


shoppers-manufactured-homes-eastern-ohio-home-show-credit-omho-ribbon-cutting--posted-masthead-blog-mhpronews-com300xCool, cloudy and rainy weather failed to dampen the solid turnout of the public who came by the thousands to see modern manufactured and modular homes on display during the Eastern Ohio Home Show. Tim Williams, executive director for the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association, provided MHProNews with these officials totals:

Public Show Attendance for Friday, May 16th, 2014 (56 degrees, intermittent rain, hours 4 PM – 8 PM) = 337

Public Show Attendance for Saturday May 17th, 2014 (54 degrees, rain, Hours 9 AM – 6 PM) = 1,149

Public Show Attendance for Sunday May 18th, 2014 (63, partly cloudy hours noon to 5 PM) = 1,010

Total of 2.5 days of public Show Attendance = 2,496

Industry Day Attendance (Friday May 16th, 9 AM to 3:30 PM) = 397

Total of all three days and both industry and public attendance = 2,893

Richard “Dick” Jennison said, “Tim, On behalf of myself and the entire MHI membership, I would like to extend a resounding round of applause to you, the Board of Directors of OMHA and the legion of volunteers who made the inaugural Eastern Ohio Home Show such a huge success!  Having the public see and tour our affordable and quality homes is an idea long overdue and a show format for others to emulate.  Great Show and a Great Job to all!” ##

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Texas Gains at CA, IL and NY Expense

August 23rd, 2013 Comments off
2004_tx_proof-credit-wikicommons-posted-daily-business-news-manufactured-housing-pro-news-mhpronews-com-Texas is not only the biggest state in the U.S. in terms of manufactured homes built and shipped, it is also ranked #1 for a pro-business environment by Chief Executive Magazine and now the Dallas Morning News reports it is one of the top 3 states in attracting people – and their incomes – from other parts of the U.S.. Florida gained $67.3 billion, Arizona $17.7 billion and Texas came in at 17.6 billion in adjusted gross income gained. Meanwhile, New York declined in net personal income the most, $45.6 billion. California ($29.4 billion) and Illinois ($20.4 billion) came in 2 and 3 in incoming lost by move outs. The latest U.S. census data shows Texas was the top destination for people from other states, with 140,888 net migrants for the year that ended in July 2012. Florida was No. 2, and Arizona was No. 3. A quarter of Texas’ net gain — $4.46 billion — came from California. That was followed by Louisiana ($2.63 billion), Illinois ($1.53 billion), New York ($1.13 billion) and Michigan ($1.04 billion). “There are hundreds of reasons,” including moving for a job, for family or because of the weather, Kasprak said. “Taxes are a factor when people are deciding where to live. At some point, states need to realize you can’t raise taxes too high or people will move away.” ##

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And Now for Something Different…

February 20th, 2013 Comments off

MSN Real Estate is running a video of the late veteran newscaster Walter Cronkite doing his regular half hour news show in 1967, predicting the rise of home offices in the 21st century. Although several of his devices are larger than what we actually use today, he accurately predicted video conferencing, online news and weather delivery, stock market reports and closed circuit audio/video of the house. Noting that work will come to the house, he said no home will be without “computerized communications console,” but he did not see that the occupant of the home office might just as well be a woman. He did nail the big screen TV in the living room for sports and movies with surround sound, but the disposable dishes you create before the meal and then melt afterward have yet to hit store shelves.

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NYC Housing Shortage Likely to Worsen

November 13th, 2012 Comments off

Reporting from New York City, observer says the return to normalcy in parts of the battered city, from the homes that burned to those that washed away, will be many months. Owners of one expensive high rise in lower Manhattan do not know when their units will be habitable, and are releasing tenants from their leases. The vacancy rate is one percent in the city, a little higher in the boroughs. In addition to the 40,000 homeless, there are thousands currently displaced by Hurricane Sandy, including many with limited means in the outlying areas. In addition, those still in their homes sitting in the dark with no heat as the weather gets colder will soon be looking for warmer quarters. “There’s a huge fear that folks are going to be displaced for the medium and long term,” city housing commissioner Mathew M. Wambua told The New York Times. Modular FEMA units will likely supplement apartments, MHProNews has learned, and officials want building owners to help create a clearinghouse of available units. If they accept FEMA vouchers, owners want to be indemnified by the government for damages and legal costs of evicting tenants.

(Photo credit: Country Living–modular in the city)

Mail Delivery a Problem at MHC

May 7th, 2012 Comments off

While the severest of weather cannot stop delivery of the U.S. Mail, residents of Airway Mobile Home Community in Oak Lawn on the south side of Chicago have learned cars or other obstacles that block their mailboxes may detour their mail to a post office for pick-up. SouthtownStarSun-Times reports a U.S. Postal spokeswoman says a previous letter carrier may have made exceptions, but the post office is undergoing budget cuts and the new carrier is just following policy. MHProNews.com has learned the MHC qualifies as a curbside mailbox only delivery location with no on-foot delivery. However, the postmaster of the Moraine Post Office has agreed to meet with Mike Fiala, the manager of the 268 home MHC to discuss possible options.

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City Seeks Storm Shelters for MHC Residents

April 11th, 2012 Comments off

If city officials in Fostoria, Ohio have their way, the residents of the 525 home sites in the four local MHCs will soon have safe haven in the event of threatening weather. Residents of this town south of Toledo began calling the city with concerns about their safety during tornado season. City leaders have been contacting nearby businesses who are open 24 hours to see if they will shelter people who live in MHCs. WTOL-TV tells MHProNews.com the city’s municipal building will also provide refuge. Owners of the communities are being contacted to determine if they will build shelters, although there is no legal requirement for them to comply.

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Modular Homes Completed on Schedule

January 13th, 2012 Comments off

As a follow-up to our story Nov 8. 2011, MHProNews.com has learned from MLive in Michigan that the first phase of the Smith Village Neighborhood development of 27 modular homes was completed as scheduled, Dec. 31, 2011. Champion Homes and Russell Building Group are constructing 83 dwellings in Flint, MI to replace dilapidated homes that were demolished. Half of the homes will be for low-to-moderate income families. The $16 million project is being funded by the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The homes, with energy efficient appliances, will be ready for occupancy Feb. 1. Charles Young, of Smith Village Construction Services, says the next phase will be 20 site-built homes, scheduled to begin in March, weather permitting.

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