Boone County Lacks Tornado Shelters for Mobile Home Communities

3 years 3 months 4 days ago April 25, 2013 Apr 25, 2013 Thursday, April 25 2013 Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:04:00 AM CDT in News
By: Michelle Schuelke

BOONE COUNTY - Boone County has about 28 mobile home communities, but in Columbia there are no mobile home parks with designated storm shelters. Only a handful had a office building that could double as a shelter.

With the threat of tornadoes and severe weather in the Midwest, residents of mobile homes wonder why none of the communities have designed shelters. Their only resort is to stay in their mobile home or take cover elsewhere.

However, there is another wrench in the problem. In a press release from the City of Columbia it said, "A list of civil defense/emergency shelters no longer exists as they have in past decades. We recommend that citizens know the various public facilities that are open throughout the day or night for optional emergency shelter as the situation presents itself. That's why it is so important to have a plan well in advance of approaching severe weather."

All of Missouri is in a wind zone that can get wind gusts from severe storms that can exceed 250 mph. The number of recorded tornadoes is 5 to 15 per 2,470 square miles, which is less than fifteen square miles smaller than Delaware. The high winds and large number of tornadoes put the entire state at a high-risk level. The high-risk level should draw caution to Boone County and the state of Missouri.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency website lists in the event of a tornado, residents should always evacuate mobile homes.

In a mobile home, even if your home is tied down, you are probably safer outside, even if the only alternative is to seek shelter out in the open. If your community has a tornado shelter, go there fast. If there is a sturdy permanent building within easy running distance, seek shelter there. Otherwise, lie flat on low ground away from your home, protecting your head. If possible, use open ground away from trees and cars, which can be blown onto you.

According to a January 2001 study by Dr. Harold E. Brooks (NOAA/NSSL) the death rate for mobile home residents in a tornado is about 20 times the rate of site-built home residents.

 

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A crowd of about 50 people converged on a Kansas City convenience store, with some... More >>
1 hour ago July 29, 2016 Jul 29, 2016 Friday, July 29 2016 Friday, July 29, 2016 7:43:42 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The former owner of two Missouri daycare businesses has been sentenced to two years in... More >>
1 hour ago July 29, 2016 Jul 29, 2016 Friday, July 29 2016 Friday, July 29, 2016 7:34:44 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The mother of a 24-year-old man fatally shot by Kansas City police in 2013 has... More >>
1 hour ago July 29, 2016 Jul 29, 2016 Friday, July 29 2016 Friday, July 29, 2016 7:27:23 PM CDT in News
CARTHAGE (AP) — Authorities are increasing security at a festival that draws tens of thousands of Vietnamese Catholics to southwest... More >>
1 hour ago July 29, 2016 Jul 29, 2016 Friday, July 29 2016 Friday, July 29, 2016 7:22:03 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said his experience in office and past success in... More >>
1 hour ago July 29, 2016 Jul 29, 2016 Friday, July 29 2016 Friday, July 29, 2016 7:16:29 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Getting to the polls can be difficult on Election Day, but COMO Connect will help Columbia residents. The... More >>
1 hour ago July 29, 2016 Jul 29, 2016 Friday, July 29 2016 Friday, July 29, 2016 7:05:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - University of Missouri Interim Chancellor Hank Foley announced Friday he will take over for Interim Athletic Director Wren... More >>
5 hours ago July 29, 2016 Jul 29, 2016 Friday, July 29 2016 Friday, July 29, 2016 2:56:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Cyclists were out on Friday enjoying new bike lanes along the shoulder of Forum Boulevard. The new lanes... More >>
6 hours ago July 29, 2016 Jul 29, 2016 Friday, July 29 2016 Friday, July 29, 2016 2:14:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Department of Transportation announced Friday that due to unforeseen complications, the Missouri River Bridge project will... More >>
7 hours ago July 29, 2016 Jul 29, 2016 Friday, July 29 2016 Friday, July 29, 2016 1:26:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas man has been charged with killing a woman in a Missouri apartment where officers... More >>
12 hours ago July 29, 2016 Jul 29, 2016 Friday, July 29 2016 Friday, July 29, 2016 8:28:00 AM CDT in News
WINONA (AP) — A southern Missouri man has been convicted of killing his wife by giving her Kool-Aid laced with... More >>
12 hours ago July 29, 2016 Jul 29, 2016 Friday, July 29 2016 Friday, July 29, 2016 7:58:00 AM CDT in News
OAKVILLE (AP) — St. Louis County police are investigating after more than two dozen break-ins were reported on a single... More >>
13 hours ago July 29, 2016 Jul 29, 2016 Friday, July 29 2016 Friday, July 29, 2016 7:37:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis home is damaged after suspects fleeing police crashed into it. KTVI-TV reports... More >>
13 hours ago July 29, 2016 Jul 29, 2016 Friday, July 29 2016 Friday, July 29, 2016 7:32:00 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police have found a man dead and another victim critically wounded nearby. ... More >>
14 hours ago July 29, 2016 Jul 29, 2016 Friday, July 29 2016 Friday, July 29, 2016 6:22:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Opponents and supporters of Proposition 1 met at Columbia's Activity and Recreation Center (ARC) Thursday night to voice... More >>
23 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 9:29:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Police arrested one man and are searching for another man in connection with a shooting that killed a... More >>
1 day ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 8:29:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former St. Louis city prosecutor has been sentenced to probation for helping cover up a... More >>
1 day ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:14:59 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An injured bald eagle got a little help from a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper. The... More >>
1 day ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 6:52:36 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 77°
9pm 77°
10pm 75°
11pm 73°
12am 71°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00p
America's Got Talent
9:00p
Dateline NBC
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
8:00p
MADtv
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
America's Got Talent
9:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
Masters of Illusion
7:30p
Masters of Illusion
8:00p
MADtv
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld