House Passes Weather Radio Bill

By Peter Ambrose

June 18, 2010 Updated Jun 7, 2010 at 5:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - New manufactured homes would be required to
come equipped with weather radios to warn occupants of severe storms under legislation that passed the House.

Sponsors including Democratic Representative Brad Ellsworth of Indiana say the measure would help prevent deaths from tornadoes
that disproportionately occur in manufactured housing, including mobile homes.

The bill would require builders to install National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios capable of picking up direct broadcasts from the National Weather Service. Such broadcasts provide official storm warnings and watches -- as well as general weather information -- 24 hours a day.

The bill passed the House today by voice vote without opposition but has not yet passed the Senate.

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