Law Requires Mobile Home Manufacturers to Install Weather Warning Device

By: Ashley Fielder Email
By: Ashley Fielder Email
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There can be little to no warning when severe weather strikes mobile homes. Now, thanks to C.J.’s Law, mobile home manufacturers could be required to install a device that would warn residents of impending storms.

“It's something that crosses my mind, I'm already pretty paranoid about tornadoes,” said Peyton resident and mobile home owner, Jeff Hollems.

The Hollem’s live in an area frequented by severe weather.

“I'll turn on the TV to The Weather Channel and the radio to a local station,” said Jeff’s brother.

“I have a little kit put together with some water, a radio, and a flashlight, and I go down into my well house,” said Hollems.

But the family doesn't have a weather alert radio. Mobile home manufacturers in Indiana are now required by law to install them thanks to Kathryn Martin.

Martin fought for the safety measure after her 2-year-old son, CJ, was killed when a twister demolished their mobile home near Evansville last year.

“I don’t know how I would have lived with myself if another family had to suffer the way we suffered because I didn’t do anything, because I didn’t speak up,” said Martin.

Now she's fighting to spread CJ’s Law nationwide. The law also encourages mobile home operators to provide written reminders to their residents to replace batteries in their weather radios and smoke detectors each year.

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