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FEMA Units Mostly Unoccupied in Alabama

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says it has approved providing almost 250 mobile homes for survivors of last month’s tornadoes, but says only 35 are occupied so far.

According to the Associated Press, FEMA spokeswoman Denise Everhart says that before units can be delivered and occupied, a site must be cleared of debris and deemed suitable. She says septic, power and water services must be established and the unit must be anchored according to FEMA’s guidelines.

She says the rules explain why FEMA prefers to find rental space for those displaced by storms.

Don Griffin, deputy housing task force branch director for FEMA, says FEMA standards are generally tougher than state rules on requirements such as the space between piers, the size of the footers supporting piers and the straps tying down the units.

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