Letter from Gerry Welch
Ian’s devastating toll on mobile homes suggests that mobile home building codes need to be upgraded to be hurricane-resistant.
It would be easier to manufacture mobile homes more safely than conventionally-built homes. Reinforced framing with impact-resistant siding and windows should be code. To counter storm surge or rising water, design the chassis to attach to four steel poles, ground secured, with hydraulic lifts to raise and lower the home. Safe haven in storms. Government subsidies would enhance deployment.