Mississippi residents trapped in damaged mobile homes
For many parts of the United States, the spring season serves as an indicator that better weather is not too far away. At the same time, spring poses a major threat to communities because it has the potential to bring along with it severe thunderstorms, even tornadoes.
We have reported on such instances in many parts of the country, but the southern half of the U.S. continues to get hammered. The most recent edition of these weather-related incidents occurred on Monday, where 50 to 60 mile per hour straight-line winds caused widespread damage to Santa Maria RV Park in Gautier, Mississippi, the Associated Press reported.
The news source noted that injuries remained minor, as all 23 residents that were taken to nearby hospitals have been discharged, but the physical damage of these mobile homes is extremely apparent. About 17 mobile homes and vehicles were deemed destroyed, only five trailers sustained damage that could be repaired.
For some homeowners, the impact of the straight-line winds trapped them, forcing local emergency workers to break through the structure and get them out, according to reports from FOX News. Some locals questions if a tornado made its way to this part of Mississippi, but there were no signs indicating such, even if Monday's storm had strong wind gusts.
"In talking with emergency management personnel, there were no power lines down," Gautier police Captain Jerry Cooksey explained to the Sun Herald. "It appears to be because of the straight-line winds in an RV park configuration without tie-downs."
Although Gautier's situation is not as common as other continuity of operations problems, local officials should consider these individuals when developing their strategy. Business continuity consultants can help towns with a mobile home population to develop a plan that meets the needs of the trailers and the people who live inside them.