New FEMA 'trailers' improved since Hurricane Katrina

New FEMA 'trailers' improved since Hurricane Katrina
Published: Aug. 25, 2016 at 2:49 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2016 at 3:25 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - On a mobile device? Click here to take a look at the HUD-approved trailers

When you say FEMA trailer what comes to mind are the now infamous travel trailers, cramped and plagued with problems, that thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims called home. However, FEMA said those trailers are no longer.

"These are in the nature of a mobile home and they have built in quality features to make sure they're safe as well," explained Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The new "trailer" option for eligible survivors is better described as a manufactured housing unit, MHU, or mobile home.

As people move in, the first thing you may notice is they are roomier. Another important improvement is that the houses are built up to standards set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. They also include additional safety features like a sprinkler system and smoke alarms that use both sound and strobe lights. FEMA administrator Craig Fugate explained the new features when the new housing debuted back in February.

"These units are designed to protect and save lives if an accidental fire occurs. This goes above and beyond the requirements," Fugate said.

The MHUs also better accommodate those with disabilities with design options like ramps and accessible showers. The hope is that these new temporary homes will provide better safety and comfort.

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