Tornado season is upon us, today’s front page of the Wichita Eagle discussed what requirements various cities in south-central Kansas have for mobile home parks. With half of all tornado fatalities happening at mobile home parks, many local governments have requirements for storm shelters in such parks – depending on the number of mobile homes located there.
The Eagle article finds that of the roughly 200 licensed parks in the Wichita, 140 are small enough that they don’t come under a 1994 shelter ordinance. That ordinance required parks of at least 20 homes to build new shelters, or ensure that existing ones meet certain codes.
Other Kansas communities discussed include Butler County (requires storm shelters in any new parks, but not in existing parks) and Hesston, where John Carder (city administrator) stated that Hesston’s zoning regulations required shelters in mobile home parks years before a 1990 tornado ripped through the town.