Mobile Homes To Receive Mandated Weather Radios To Alert Residents To Severe Weather Conditions

Ryan Lenz of the Associated Press reported on June 22, 2007, that a bill has been introduced by Representative Brad Ellsworth, from southern Indiana’s 8th District, that will require that all new mobile homes be equipped with early warning radios to alert residents of dangerous weather conditions. This legislation comes as the aftermath of a deadly tornado that hit on the outskirts of Evansville, Indiana, in the pre-dawn hours of November 6, 2005 in which 25 people lost their lives.

The bill would require mobile homes to come with the state-the-art radios installed like smoke detectors and are aimed at alerting residents so that they can seek nearby shelters before diaster strikes. It is hoped that the additional construction of severe weather shelters and ordinances requiring that mobile homes be properly anchored, along with the early warning systems will help to prevent such catastropic loss of lives in the future.

However, opponents of the bill argue that the radios would not be cost effective in large scale production for mobile home manufacturers. This seems ludicrous when one realizes that the cost per unit is typically only $30.

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