Community Owners Must Provide Emergency Shelter

As reported in the Oakdale Patch, the City Council of Oakdale, Minnesota, is considering a resolution to force 29 Pines Manufactured Home Community to construct an on-site Civil Defense rated shelter for its residents.  State law requires either an on-site shelter or one nearby.  Previously, in a letter to residents of the 148-homesite community, management had suggested they find shelter in a friend’s basement or hide in a ditch.  Minnesota had more tornadoes than any other state in the country in 2010.  The original complaint to the city was made in 2009, and management has been unable to find an off-site shelter.  If 29 Pines does not comply, the city may refuse to issue permits allowing new homes to be moved into the community.  On the safety of manufactured homes in extreme weather, see this Industry In Focus article on tornadoes and this Industry In Focus article on hurricanes.

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