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Manufactured Homes Help Save the Environment

Posted by: admin | Posted on: May 22nd, 2011 | 0 Comments

Manufactured homes are not only high quality and built to stand the test of time these days, but they are extremely important during and after natural emergencies.

Over the last decade, the world has witnessed more natural disasters than one would like to remember and manufactured housing, due to its ease of transportation, has come to the rescue of many an American in need.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regularly uses manufactured homes as temporary housing units for victims of natural disaster. These units are described as “temporary” in press releases and in the descriptions you read on the FEMA website and in news articles, but the reality is, many victims of natural disaster live in these units for a very long period of time.

During hurricane Katrina, FEMA utilized over 101,000 manufactured home units (source, FEMA.Gov) and spent well over 4.2 billion in these housing related expenses. Moreover, many residents of the areas affected by hurricane Katrina spent well over a year in these so called temporary housing units.

While the recent hurricane Irene did not pose as great a threat to the environment as hurricane Katrina, vast damage to housing and the environment did occur. FEMA indicates it will begin installing more manufactured homes as temporary housing units in North Carolina as soon as possible to provide relief for local residents that have lost their homes.

Manufactured homes currently play a significant role in emergency management in the United States. As history has shown, these temporary structures are being used far longer than originally intended. In order to serve the needs on natural disaster victims, these units need to be used with the intent of providing a short term solution, but built to the standards that will provide long term use if necessary. After years of using manufactured homes as emergency shelters and after experiencing frequent natural disasters, it is refreshing to see the government feels the same way.

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