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FEMA, Leadership, the Media and Manufactured Housing News

We continue to track – and encourage! – a developing news story in the South. Two Manufactured Home Community (MHC) owners, David Roden and Spencer Roane are devoting considerable time and effort in reaching out to federal and state emergency management officials. Their basic message? FEMA, GEMA or others can use vacant MHC home sites and modern energy-efficient Community Series Homes (CSH) far more efficiently than rental housing, while avoiding the errors learned in Katrina’s aftermath.

Their efforts are attracting attention.

Sources suggest to MHMSM.com that MHI, MHARR and some state association leaders are in various stages of supporting this initiative.

With hundreds dead and thousands homeless, the tragedies caused by the recent tornadoes are a stark reminder that manufactured homes are not the problem. They are in fact a key part of the solution to natural disasters.

Videos and still photos of leveled neighborhoods in the South bear stark witness to the fact that tornadoes can devastate any structure. This is a message that the media, public officials and politicians need to accept and share.

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Video of Tornado Hacks through Hackleburg at this link:

http://www.wkrg.com/alabama/article/tornado-hacks-through-hackleburg/1206585/Apr-30-2011_8-14-pm/

These images linked above tell us that tornadoes show no partiality or mercy to any type of construction.

Leadership is important in every field of human endeavor. Leading by example is the ideal in action! We commend and support all those involved in leading the charge to make manufactured homes part of the solution for these storm victims.

The plan as outlined would cost government agencies less than rental housing, far less per person than Katrina, and create an immediate exit strategy for FEMA or others as land-lease community owners can buy the homes at a pre-agreed price once the crisis has passed.

Please check out these links to the latest news stories on this effort to use manufactured homes as the logical solution:

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