The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the state of Arkansas, is using two types of temporary housing units as a short-term solution for eligible Arkansans whose homes were destroyed in the April 14-June 3 storms, tornadoes and flooding.
The larger mobile home unit is a structure transportable in one or more sections. It is built on a permanent chassis and is designed for use with or without a permanent foundation when attached to the required utilities. The smaller park model mobile home is also blocked and anchored for occupancy. FEMA also offers modified mobile homes and park models that conform to the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS) for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The type of mobile home placed for eligible applicants depends on several factors such as family size and lot size.
Mobile Home: These housing units measure 14 feet by 60 feet (840 square feet) and feature three bedrooms and one bathroom. They are equipped with a stove, refrigerator and microwave and are furnished with a dining set, living room set, three beds and clothing drawers. The UFAS version features wider doors, lower light switches, fire alarms with strobe lights and other ADA modifications.
Park Model (Non-UFAS): These housing units measure 12 feet by 34 feet (408 square feet) and feature two bedrooms and one bathroom. They are equipped with a stove, refrigerator and microwave and are furnished with a dining set, living room set, one bed, one set of bunk beds and clothing drawers.
Park Model (UFAS): Similar in size, shape and furnishings to the non-UFAS model, this unit features lower sinks, wider doors and other ADA modifications.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.