Can Manufactured Homes Withstand Hurricanes?

Posted: April 16, 2020 by Jacobsen Homes

Each year from June to November is hurricane season in Florida, when residents pay closer attention to the weather and put their storm preparedness plans in place in hopes of never having to use them. When considering a manufactured home in Florida, you may wonder about safety in the case of a major storm. We’re here to explain everything you need to know about how a manufactured home can withstand a hurricane.

Manufactured Homes in Florida Must Meet Federal Building Standards

Over the past few decades, there have been several changes to Florida building codes that require homes to withstand maximum wind speeds in particular Wind Zones. Depending on where you live in Florida, you’re either in Zone II or Zone III. The Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards sets the following requirements:

  • Zone II: Withstand a force of 39 pounds per square foot; designed for sustained wind speeds of 100 mph
  • Zone III: Withstand a force of 47 pounds per square foot; designed for sustained wind speeds of 110 mph

A HUD data plate posted inside your home will show you your wind zone. A manufactured home must meet or exceed your zone’s standards to help keep you safe in a powerful storm.

How to Protect Your Manufactured Home in the Event of a Hurricane

While your manufactured home is built to withstand intense storms and hurricanes, it’s still strongly suggested you follow all state and federal recommendations and have a plan to protect your home from flooding or storm damage. These precautions may include boarding up your home, laying sandbags, or evacuating your home if conditions become dangerous. It’s a good idea to know your evacuation zone in case of the threat of storm surge.

Here are some helpful tips for keeping your manufactured home as safe as possible during a hurricane or tropical storm.

  • Buy shutters or plywood in advance: Manufactured homes are designed to help you board or shutter your windows and doors. Plan well ahead of the season to buy storm shutters or plywood cut to the right sizes.
  • Secure outdoor items: Remember to remove or secure all outdoor items that might blow away, including patio furniture, potted plants and recreational equipment.
  • Install window and door protections: Install exterior grade-rated sheathing plywood for extra protection of your doors and windows after you leave.
  • Repair all signs of work: When it’s safe to return to your home, remove all coverings and protections  and fill any holes created by screws used to install your storm protection with a high-quality exterior-grade caulk.

If you’re a current or future resident of a Jacobsen home, use our Disaster Guide for Community Residents to learn about the importance of storm preparedness, how to assemble a family emergency kit, and how to create an evacuation plan.

For extra guidance on storm protection installations, follow these helpful instructions based on your particular model of manufactured home:

Why Are Jacobsen Manufactured Homes Storm Safe?

Jacobsen Homes takes extra care and precaution to make sure your manufactured home meets or exceeds state and federal building code standards for storms and hurricanes. In addition to compliance with the Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards, our manufactured homes also comply with the Jacobsen Homes Approved Engineering Package and the National Electrical Code. A HUD data plate posted inside your home will show you your Wind Zone.

Jacobsen homes have withstood many big Florida storms. Take a look at this video, showing how a manufactured home in Naples withstood Hurricane Irma.

To learn more details about our building practices and safety standards, please contact us for additional information.