Mobile homes

Organize your community to plan for storm season

You will have to evacuate if you live in a manufactured or mobile home.

The aftermath of Hurricane Wilma in Jamaica Bay on Military Trail in Boynton Beach in 2005. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Post)

The aftermath of Hurricane Wilma in Jamaica Bay on Military Trail in Boynton Beach in 2005. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Post)

WHAT TO DO NOW

Select a group leader.

Make a list of where residents will go and phone numbers of friends or relatives. Set up a buddy system and assign able-bodied people to make sure others get out OK.

Make sure everyone has arranged for transportation.

SECURING YOUR HOME

Inspect straps and tie-downs for wear. If your home was built before July 1994, the home and tie-downs were designed for winds up to about 90 mph. Those built after 1994 are designed to hold, with tie-downs, in winds up to 110 mph.

WHEN A HURRICANE IS THREATENING

Close and lock shutters and secure other items before leaving.

Turn off and disconnect water lines, electricity and sewer lines.

Go door to door to make sure everyone’s out.

Newer mobile homes fare better

Hurricane Frances pounded Fort Pierce's Country Cove Mobile Homes in Fort Pierce in 2004. (Greg Lovett / The Post)

Hurricane Frances pounded Fort Pierce's Country Cove Mobile Homes in Fort Pierce in 2004. (Greg Lovett / The Post)

State officials say manufactured homes installed after 1999 are better than those manufactured and installed just after 1992, when building codes initially changed in response to Hurricane Andrew.

After Andrew, the federal government began requiring new manufactured homes to be built with stronger walls and more fasteners to tie them to the ground. They also mandated that they be built to resist winds up to 110 mph.

The state’s Bureau of Mobile Home Construction inspected hundreds of homes following hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne and Wilma, and found nearly all damage was confined to homes built before 1999.

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