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State Law May Have Played Part In Protecting Mobile Home Residents From Tornado

Last updated on Tuesday, May 31, 2011

(EVANSVILLE, IN) - Residents of Indiana trailer parks had warnings about last week’s string of tornadoes, thanks in part to a four-year-old state law.

The law requires all newly-installed or relocated mobile homes to be equipped with a weather radio.

Then-Evansville Representative Phil Hoy authored the law months after a tornado in the overnight hours in November, 2005, caught many Evansville and Boonville residents off guard. 25 people were killed.

The law does not cover already-existing trailers. Hoy says there's no way to tell how many mobile-home residents are protected because of the law, but says he's confident it has saved lives.

Hoy says he'd like to see legislators go a step further and require the radios to be hardwired into new trailers, and perhaps traditional homes as well.

He says it'd be an inexpensive step with a potentially life-and-death impact.

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