Weather radios now required for Indiana mobile homes

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:36 PM GMT en Abril 27, 2007

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Mobile homes sold in the state of Indiana after June 30 this year must come equipped with a weather radio capable of alerting residents of an approaching tornado, thanks to a law signed by Indiana governor Mitch Daniels this week. The legislation, dubbed "C.J.'s Law", was named after 2-year old C.J. Martin, who died in a F3 tornado that killed 25 people in southwestern Indiana on November 6, 2005. Twenty of the victims lived in the Eastbrook Mobile Home Park in Evansville. The storm hit at 2am, when many residents were asleep and didn't hear the tornado sirens. C.J.'s mother, Kathryn Martin, pushed lawmakers to adopt the bill, pointing out that weather radios with a tone alert system could have saved many lives in the mobile home park.

This type of law makes great sense for mobile homes sold in tornado alley--think of it as a companion to your smoke detector in the house. Mobile home residents make up just 7% of the U.S. population, but account for 40% of the deaths in tornadoes. However, there are a number of issues that may make the law ineffective. Firstly, what type of weather radio will be purchased? There are many poor quality units out there, prone to radio interference, and difficult to program (weather radios require the user to input a special SAME code, needed to issue tone alerts when a tornado warning is issued). Secondly, the NWS sends out weekly or monthly test alerts on weather radio--how many mobile home owners will simply turn off their weather radios because they are sick of hearing the regular tests? Or turn them off after a few false alarms wake them up in the middle of the night for tornadoes that appear on Doppler radar, but never touch down? Thirdly, once the residents of a mobile home park are awakened by an alert, where do they go? Indiana, like most states, has no law requiring mobile home parks to have a tornado shelter. However, there is now Federal money available for mobile home parks to construct tornado shelters, so the number of parks with shelters may increase in coming years. In summary, the law has the potential to save lives--but only if it is properly enacted.


Figure 1. Damage to C.J. Martin's mobile home park near Evansville, Indiana due to the November 6, 2005 tornado. Image credit: Paducah, KY NWS.

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217. stormchasher
9:36 AM EDT on April 29, 2007
Nice job with the blog thunder:) I like it alot:)
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216. stormchasher
9:35 AM EDT on April 29, 2007
how many TS has the GFS predicted, 4 TS in 2 months? Pretty good:)
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215. Thundercloud01221991
1:10 PM GMT on April 29, 2007
Please visit my blog
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214. hurricane23
9:07 AM EDT on April 29, 2007
More fantasy stuff from the GFS...Extremly long range and has to be taken with great caution.

One thing is true the 07 season is fast approaching.
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213. Thundercloud01221991
12:58 PM GMT on April 29, 2007
That storm will not affect the US directly will it
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212. stormchasher
8:47 AM EDT on April 29, 2007
not expecting to happen just fun to watch!!:)
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211. stormchasher
8:43 AM EDT on April 29, 2007
Click MSLP 1000-500 (loop) and watch the Carribean towards the end it has a TS!!!!!Link
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210. hurricane23
8:09 AM EDT on April 29, 2007
Those bouys will probably not be put to use till mid july if the current trend continues.One main reason iam looking at is the strong tutt that is located over the central and eastern atlantic currently.Also i would like to add there is currently 40-50kt shear across most of eastern atalntic from the african coast to parts of the caribbean.I think the main factor here that might hold off any early development will be the tutt being well established as it is.Things can change but the way i see it things we might be shapeing up for a slow start.Adrian

Also quick note i dont see any progress towards La nina from looking at the sub-surface.Iam not 100% sold on any nina taking shape this summer.
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208. Skyepony (Mod)
4:48 AM GMT on April 29, 2007
JFL~ New bouys are on the way.
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206. HIEXPRESS
2:24 AM GMT on April 29, 2007
Interesting Plume SSIGg
http://www.firedetect.noaa.gov/viewer.htm
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203. StoryOfTheCane
11:29 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
yeah, miami needs a qb bad, but I think by them not drafting one early that signifies they are probably going to get green
201. HurricaneRoman
10:49 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
no .. not KC i mean miami
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199. Bamatracker
9:46 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
Culpepper is still a question mark for anybody. I think Bowe is a great pick for KC!
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198. MissBennet
9:27 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
I have another question that I'm hopeing someone can help me with.

How do i keep my time zone correct? Each time I log on I have to go to member settings and re-select my time zone. And before you ask, yes I am pressing the "save settings" button. How do I keep it permanent?

Thanks ahead of time for your help.
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197. MissBennet
9:18 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
Fixed (add (/em) to get rid of italics, except use less than and greater than signs instead of parentheses).


ahhh thank you. Those italics make my eyes sore. =(
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196. rxse7en
4:40 PM EDT on April 28, 2007
Patrap,

That video is insane!
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195. StoryOfTheCane
8:56 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
when is Culpepper expected to be back in action?
194. StoryOfTheCane
8:49 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
Kansas City's QBs? Did you see Huard's number last year? I agree Trent Green sucks now, but Damon Huard is a diamond in the rough. The problem with Kansas City is they don't have a deep threat at WR so defenses are able to play the run effectively without a threat of getting beat deep like Indy is notorious for. In KC's case its not the QB's its the lack of depth at the WR position.
193. HurricaneRoman
8:42 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
Their QB's suck ...they clearly need a new one..they have been playing horible for several years now... they had the perfect chance to pick him..... it was very unexpected that they didnt pick him...he looked like he was ready to come over here and so did his hot girlfriend lol
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192. StoryOfTheCane
8:41 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
thank God Kansas City grabbed a WR, they're going to be tough this year. Too bad they aren't trying to grab Darrell Jackson, Marty Booker or Randy Moss though. Then they'd be unstoppable.
191. HurricaneRoman
8:33 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
That video is crazy! look how those ppl move to their boat, id be terrified to go in that water..... thats a good viedo and they filmed it from their roof....
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190. TheCaneWhisperer
4:42 PM EDT on April 28, 2007
Not for sure on the Forcast though.
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189. TheCaneWhisperer
4:39 PM EDT on April 28, 2007
I was surprised at that also Roman! Alot of uncertainty in the QB spot this year. 2nd week of May I believe is when the NHC releases thier forcast.
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188. StoryOfTheCane
8:33 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
the dolphins needed that Offensive Tackle position filled moreso than the QB. They are in talks with my Kansas City Chiefs to acquire Trent Green
187. HurricaneRoman
8:30 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
GoD.. The dolphins suck... they should have picked Brady Quinn what were they thinking!!!!!!! anyways.... do u guys know when the hurricane forecast for 2007 from the NHC will come out?
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186. Patrap
3:19 PM CDT on April 28, 2007
If one ever thinks to remain in a Cat-3+ surge event or higher ...think again. In their own words..August 29,2005
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185. airman45
7:20 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
Pilots have a name for this, FOD or Flying Object Damage.

May I make a minor correction here? FOD is Foreign Object Damage, usually caused by debris on a runway that can get sucked up into a jet intake causing severe damage on taxiing or takeoff. I am in the Air Force and this can be a big problem for fighter jets if the runways are not constantly kept clean.
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184. airman45
7:14 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
Large oil companies have for a decade artificially shorted the gasoline market to drive up prices.

Thats been going on for way more than a decade, as I stated earlier.
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182. savedbygod
7:18 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
Thank you.
180. savedbygod
7:13 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
I just read the not about the italics, I was gone. I'm sorry. How do I do that?
179. airman45
7:07 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
Face it. Oil has replaced religion as the biggest source of conflict on earth.

How true in some cases. Just look at World War II. The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor to prevent the U.S. fleet from stopping them invading the Indonesean oil fields. Japan desperately needed the oil because the U.S. had cut theirs off. Germany attempted to take the Caspian oil fields and that resulted in the horrific slaughter of Stalingrad. And of course Gulf War I and II are all about the Middle East oil fields.
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178. savedbygod
6:38 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
JFlorida - That may be true but you can not put mobile homes on a foundation in this city, unless they conform to all building codes. In fact, some of the requirments to put a mobile home on a city lot are more stringent than for a regular home. Our home exceeds many of the building codes. Consumer demand for more quality homes has introduced more selections especially in quality. I am not saying that all Mobile Homes are built well & are all secured down, just as they are not all "tin cans." I can't pull a truck up to mine & tow it away. What I do know is that mine will withstand storms & winds as well as most other homes. There are some homes being built now that are more storm & wind resistant. They are also doing some of the same with Mobile & prefab homes. Truthfully, I cannot remember if ours has the roof straps on it or not, I think it does.
True, the cheaper mobile homes have been built for those who cannot afford a regular house but want a place of their own. There is nothing wrong with that. The apartment buildings & old homes as well as many of our schools, fare no better in a tornado or bad storm. THAT is my point. I didn't intend to get off of that. I apologize to everyone, I never intended to make this a debate. I just wanted safety concerns put where they need to be, not focused on one thing. This is the last I will say.
177. weathermanwannabe
2:59 PM EDT on April 28, 2007
The PR thingie barely constitutes a wave and there is no convection in sight......I would not worry about it; it should be gone by tommorow
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176. seminolesfan
7:00 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
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175. airman45
6:47 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
We would give anything for $2 gas.
Try $5 per imperial gallon !. Thats what we pay.
Fortunately the island is small and even though it costs $55 to fill my car I can run a week on that. An suv costs about $70 to fill up here


Thats high, however in Europe the governments put on alot of taxes. In Portugal I pay the equivalent of $7 per U.S. gallon. About 75% of the price is taxes. I have a van which costs about 115 Euros ($145) to fill up!!! This is the reason most Europeans drive small fuel efficient cars as compared to the U.S.

P.S. I remember in the early 1970s before the first gas "shortage" (created by the companies to boost prices) gas was 28 cents a gallon!
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174. louisianaboy444
6:55 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
Is there any new waves that we have to monitor at this time? Don't you think the wave south of Puerto Rico that has held together since yesterday bares some watching just incase the convection should happen to blow up?
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173. StoryOfTheCane
6:26 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
its always possible but no, its either going to be a la nina or neutral year this year, more than likely 1/3 of the season will be neutral, 2/3 la nina
172. HurricaneRoman
6:23 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
could el nino come back???
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171. StoryOfTheCane
6:04 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
the only thing keeping this season from kicking off early is shear, once it dies down there is going to be some major activity, the SAL has weakened significantly over the past couple weeks

170. StoryOfTheCane
6:00 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
because SAVEDBYGOD didnt end the command for italics
169. MissBennet
12:57 PM CDT on April 28, 2007
Why is everything in italics???
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168. Hellsniper223
5:56 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
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167. Hellsniper223
5:55 PM GMT on April 28, 2007
La nina Is dying down.
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