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Missouri tornado survivors to receive FEMA mobile homes

(June 16, 2011) -- More than 500 people in the Joplin area who lost their homes in the May 22 tornado said they need housing, and some of them will soon have a place to call home. Ten mobile homes from FEMA are in the area, with 50 more units on the way, reports KY3.

JOPLIN, Mo. — More than 500 people in the Joplin area who lost their homes in the May 22 tornado said they need housing, and some of them will soon have a place to call home. Ten mobile homes from FEMA are in the area, with 50 more units on the way, reports KY3.

“Right now, the priority is on the people who were in the shelters and getting them placed. And then they will go from there — those people in the worst need. Everyone has the need; it is the elderly and people who have children that we try to get people back in as soon as possible,” said FEMA spokeswoman Pamela Willis.

The units will be placed on existing mobile home park pads. They are not the same type of units that generated so much concern about air quality after Hurricane Katrina.

“Those were travel trailers that we were using. These units were built to HUD standards and the air qualities are build to HUD standards. The air quality in these units is great,” said Willis.

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