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Severe Weather Awareness Week: Manufactured home safety

Since 1994, all newly constructed manufactured homes have been required to comply with HUD on manufactured home construction and safety standards.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, 10TV is looking at how to keep you safe during storms, including in manufactured homes.

Since 1994, all newly constructed manufactured homes have been required to comply with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's, manufactured home construction and safety standards

Each home is constructed based on HUD wind zones, which categorizes levels of wind speeds that could be experienced in severe weather. 

Wind Zone 1 is 70 mph, Wind Zone 2 is up to to 100 mph and Wind Zone 3 is up to 110 mph.

Zones 2 and 3 are closer to the coastline with most of the United States being under Zone 1.

Credit: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

There are other ways to make sure that your home is prepared for severe weather. 

Anne Cope, the Chief Engineer at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), says “No matter where you have that home, make sure it’s well tied down and anchored to the soil. That’s going to keep it from rolling over or dislodged in a high wind event”. 

Other safety tips to keep your manufactured home safe during a storm include:

  • clear any trees around your home
  • schedule regular maintenance for your roof and carports
  • know where your tornado shelter is located.

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