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    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003

    Mobile home park storm shelter

    Deadly tornado stirs debate over safety
    Some sites require mobile-home shelter

    Headline and Article from the Louisville Courier-Journal:

    In Minnesota, mobile-home parks built since 1998 must have storm shelters for residents.

    Wichita, Kan., and St. Joseph, Mo., have similar ordinances.
    I have found this section of thse two city codes,
    St. Joseph, Mo: http://www.ci.st-joseph.mo.us/clerk/chap16.pdf
    Wichita: http://www.wichita.gov/CityCode/Default.htm?code=3424

    so my questions are
    - are there any other good examples out there ?
    - does anybody have any thoughts about this?

    (besides listing every city and town in Minnesota that has this in their code)

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    Cyburbian solarstar's avatar
    Aug 2002
    The MHP section of our code requires that each one provide a "structure or structures" for hurricane shelters. It's not really for tornados, but could be. Our wording is that they must be "owned and maintained by the entity which owns the mobile home park and the common elements thereof, or adequate facilities shall be guaranteed by a contract with a copy provided to the county prior to final Certificates of Occupancy being issued." (we had problems with poor maintenance of some of the sites...) Also - "Adequate capacity is defined as a shelter that meets American Red Cross Standards ARC-4496 and has a minimum of 20 square feet of usable shelter space per person, available to 70 percent of the residents. Shelters also should provide adequate areas for registration, sanitation, health services, and safety and fire considerations." We also require that the sites be certified by a structural engineer as capable of meeting windload standard per ASCE 7-98 or ANSI A58 (1982) structural design criteria, and comply with all local building and fire codes.

    Obviously, these are meant for more long-term use but I guess you can cut and paste to your situation.

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