Survivors in Temporary Housing Can Minimize Severe Weather Risks

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BATON ROUGE, La. — A temporary residence and its neighborhood can be unfamiliar to occupants, especially during the chaos of severe weather.

That’s why it’s important for August flood survivors to take precautions while living in Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) and other temporary residences. Below are tips survivors staying in temporary residences should consider to protect themselves and their families during severe weather:

  • Never shelter in MHUs during tornadoes and hurricanes.
  • All MHUs come equipped with weather radios, so it’s important to listen to them for warnings.
  • Follow guidance of local officials. Severe weather may affect access to and from homes, so survivors should follow evacuation orders, storm paths, road closures and other important information.
  • Put important items on high shelves in case of floods.
  • More information may be found online at www.fema.gov/pdf/areyouready/areyouready_full.pdf.

Anyone who has more questions — including about evacuation routes — may contact their local emergency management officials. Their contact information is available online at gohsep.la.gov/about/parishpa.

Survivors who have weather-related issues with their MHU should call the maintenance hotline at 800-335-8546.

FEMA has provided MHUs to some August flood survivors whose primary home is uninhabitable, have uninsured housing needs, and have no practical temporary housing within a reasonable commuting distance. MHUs are intended for temporary use while survivors work on their permanent housing plans.

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