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823 AM CST Sat Feb 17 2024

...Louisiana Severe Weather Awareness Week Continues...

Today`s topic is...Mobile Home Safety...

Mobile homes are not a safe shelter when tornadoes threaten. NOAA
and FEMA recommend that mobile and manufactured home residents flee
their homes for sturdier  shelter before storms with tornadoes hit.
On average, a total 72 percent of all tornado-related fatalities are
in homes and 54 percent of those fatalities are in mobile homes.
When you are in a mobile home, you are 15 to 20 times more likely to
be killed in comparison to when you are in a permanent home. During
the January 10th and 11th tornado and high wind event, four people
lost their lives in mobile homes when the storm hit northern

If you live in or have family that live in a mobile or manufactured
home, it’s important to identify a safer structure to evacuate to
before storms hit. Safer structures include single family homes,
designated tornado shelters, buildings built with reinforced
concrete, and community buildings like arenas, churches, and
industrial buildings.

It’s important that mobile home residents monitor National Weather
Service forecasts and review their plan. If you are a mobile or
manufactured home resident, you need to know your evacuation route
from your home and how long it takes to evacuate to a safer place.
The day before, when tornadoes are predicted, coordinate with family
and friends to spend time at their home when the storms threaten or
identify a community place to go to. When a Tornado Watch is issued,
that is the time to evacuate to your safe place. In many cases, when
a Tornado Warning is issued, it may be too dangerous to take your
evacuation route, so its best to evacuate your mobile home before
warnings are issued and storms hit.


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