Hurricane season is upon us, and we want you to feel safe and prepared, no matter the weather. Keep reading and learn how manufactured homes fare hurricanes and other storms, and how you can prepare for hurricane season in Florida.
Are Manufactured Homes Built to Withstand Hurricanes?
Yes! Manufactured homes are safer than you might think. Manufactured homes perform as well or better than site-built homes during a storm. Federal regulations for manufactured homes require a design and quality assurance professional to verify the home is built correctly, meeting stringent wind standards required for the Florida market. This includes updates in architecture, installation and anchoring, building materials, and more to ensure the safety of all manufactured homes. Traditional homes are not subject to such a rigorous design and inspection system.
How to Be Prepared in Your Home
Prepare now so you’re ready for any type of weather. This emergency preparedness kit gives a comprehensive list of supplies to help you stay in your home for at least 72 hours, including getting stocked on non-perishable foods, water, and other essentials such as clothing, batteries, and even entertainment for you your family. It’s always a smart idea to start slowly stocking up on non-perishable food and water bottles throughout hurricane season, so you’re not fighting the masses for supplies should a storm be coming your way rather suddenly.
Prepare for Potential Evacuations
While manufactured homes are built to withstand hurricane conditions, no structure can defend against potential flash flooding or other extreme circumstances. In the event you need to evacuate, be aware of your evacuation zone and route, and print out paper directions to follow if there’s no power or cell service.
It’s also a good idea to have a “go-bag”, which is a pre-packed bag with essentials such as clothing, toiletries, cash, your evacuation map, first-aid supplies, food and water, and whatever else you may need when evacuating. This will prevent wasting time packing and give you a better chance of bypassing traffic from others in your area also evacuating.
Manufactured homes are durable, built to last, and made with high-quality materials. Strict building codes and regulations ensure that manufactured homes are storm-safe and will withstand hurricane-force winds. We hope this article helps ease your mind while we navigate hurricane season this year. Stay safe and be prepared!