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  1. #1
    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003

    Article - Tornado deaths raise questions about mobile home safety

    You might know this already but here is a current reminder after the March 2 Tornadoes.


    My fair county is mentioned for both deaths in 2005 and local ordinance.

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    Jul 2008
    Would be nice if we could add more mobile home regulations around here but there's no way the population would ever go for it, even if a tragedy like that occurred. Mobile home park owners around here have already discovered a loophole to avoid safety inspections and the powers that be have no interest in closing the hole. It's a shame really since its clear that many park owners don't care about the safety of their residents.

    We also don't have the staff to even keep track of all the mobile homes in the county. It doesn't help we don't require park owners to fill septic tanks when they close so mobile homes keep reappearing without us knowing about it.

    Mobile homes are the bane of our office's existence.
    Last edited by Blide; 12 Mar 2012 at 11:39 AM.

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    Cyburbian Linda_D's avatar
    Nov 2006
    Jamestown, New York
    We don't get many tornadoes in western New York State, but they do seem to find mobile homes when they do hit.

    I am considering a double-wide mobile home for a retirement home because the cost differential between a small one story stick built home and a double wide is so large. I thought a modular home would be a good compromise, but after some investigation, I think that may not be the case. They seem to be pricier than stick builts, especially for small ones.

    Having lived for two years in Nebraska, I don't think I would feel safe living in a house without a basement or some kind of storm shelter. I don't use my current basement for anything but the furnace and hot water tank, but it's there if I need to gather up the dog, cats, flashlight, and radio and head down there.
    If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. -- John F. Kennedy, January 20, 1961

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    Cyburbian Random Traffic Guy's avatar
    Jul 2005
    Lone Star State
    You pays your money and you takes your chances...
    Mobile home < stick-built < concrete < underground home

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