Law Requires Mobile Home Manufacturers to Install Weather Warning Device

By: Ashley Fielder Email
By: Ashley Fielder Email

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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  • by Kari Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 22, 2007 at 09:21 AM
    I do believe that CJ's Law would be a good idea, however, those that live in mobile homes run the risk of severe weather anyway. I work for a company that supplies parts and services for mobile homes. I understand how they work. When someone buys or moves into a mobile home, they should be aware that they might not be AS protected as they would be in other types of housing. It is still their choice to live in that particular type of dwelling. I also think that if they require installation of warning devices in manufactured homes, why couldn't they apply the same principle to regular homes as well? And as far as replacing the batteries in smoke detectors and such, that should be something that common sense would dictate. If people don't know to do that on their own, then I'm sorry, but they are sorely lacking in the intelligence department.
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