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Proposed law would require storm shelters at mobile home parks

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Owners and renters have a lot to say about the idea, and the question is ultimately about who will pay for it. Owners and renters have a lot to say about the idea, and the question is ultimately about who will pay for it.
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MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

As severe weather season looms in the Tennessee Valley, a proposed law could make some areas safer when storms strike.

It would require owners of mobile home parks with 25 spaces or more to install storm shelters for their tenants.

Owners and renters have a lot to say about the idea, and the question is ultimately about who will pay for it.

People who live in mobile homes know the dangers tornadoes can bring, but how do some of these people stay safe from the storm?

For people like Megail Douglas, it's a hope and a prayer.  For many, that is not good enough. 

The Alabama legislature is considering a bill that would require owners of mobile home parks with 25 spaces or more to include FEMA approved safe rooms or shelters on site.

Albertville mobile home park owner John Weathers feels shelters in parks is a good idea but believes people should pray for common sense for the legislature. Weathers said someone will have to pay for the shelters.

Some park owners say the cost would have to be passed to the tenant.

Others say their tenants are on a fixed income and could not afford the increase in rent.

If the bill passes, it would provide criminal penalties for those who do not comply. It would not go into effect until January 1, 2016.

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  • Do you think mobile home parks in Alabama should be required to have storm shelters?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Yes, and park owners should pay for them.
    72%
    47 votes
    Yes, and tenants should pay for them.
    3%
    2 votes
    No. Tenants should find a safe place elsewhere during storms.
    25%
    16 votes
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