Report: Growth of Mobile Home Parks Increasing Tornado Risk

March 25, 2013
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A new report from Lloyd’s of London says a growing number of Oklahomans are becoming increasingly vulnerable to tornadoes, according to the Oklahoma Insurance Department.

The report, “Tornadoes: A Rising Risk?,” says the growing density of mobile home parks in Oklahoma and other “Tornado Alley” states places a greater risk on lives and homes.

“This report should be a wakeup call,” said Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak. “Mobile homes offer no protection from a tornado. Those who choose to live in one must have a safety plan in place. Chances are, if you try to ride out the storm in a mobile home, you won’t survive.”

Every year, an average of 1,200 tornadoes kill at least 60 people, injure 1,500 more and cause over $400 million in damage across the world. In 2012, 41 tornadoes struck Oklahoma. Six people were killed in an April twister, all in a Woodward mobile home park.

According to the National Weather Service, the percentage of deaths in mobile homes has more than doubled, from 24 percent in 1976 to 50 percent in 2000.

The Lloyd’s of London report claims that one third of all tornado deaths now happen in mobile homes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates that people living in mobile homes are 23 times more likely to be killed than those living in permanent homes.

The entire report can be found at http://www.ok.gov/oid/documents/Lloyds_TornadoRiskReport.pdf

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