WASHINGTON, DC – December 2, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — The House approved legislation today to provide Americans in the path of dangerous storms with life-saving warnings. CJ’s Home Protection Act requires manufactured and mobile homes to be equipped with emergency weather radios. The bill is named after CJ Martin, a two-year-old boy, whose life was taken by an F3 tornado in Southwest Indiana in 2005.
Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN), who oversaw the recovery effort as Vanderburgh County Sheriff, teamed up with Reps. Spencer Bachus (R-AL), Dennis Moore (D-KS) and Kay Granger (R-TX) to introduce the bill and praised its passage as a life-saving measure.
“CJ Martin is the reason we are here today. He is a reminder of the heartbreaking loss that severe weather can bring to families and communities throughout the country,” said Ellsworth from the House floor. “The unanimous support CJ’s Bill received today is based on the recognition that a little thing can make a big difference when it comes to the public’s safety. That if it prevents just one mother from losing her son, a $30 weather radio is not too much to ask.”
“There is no doubt in my mind that this legislation will save lives. Today’s vote is a critical step forward in this effort, and I am grateful to Congressman Ellsworth and all of the members of the House for their support of CJ’s Bill,” said Kathryn Martin, public safety advocate and CJ’s mother.
CJ’s bill will next go to the Senate for its consideration. Upon passage in the Senate, the bill must then be signed by President Obama before becoming law.
Summary of Legislation:
CJ’s Home Protection Act would change the Federal manufactured home construction and safety standards to require every manufactured home delivered for sale to be supplied with a weather radio. Weather radios provide immediate broadcasts of severe weather warnings and civil emergency messages, including tornado and flood warnings, AMBER alerts for child abductions, and chemical spill notifications. Prices vary from $20-$80.
The bill is named after CJ Martin, a two-year-old boy, whose life was taken by an F3 tornado in southwest Indiana in 2005. His mother, Kathryn, turned her grief into a state-wide advocacy campaign that resulted in an Indiana law requiring NOAA Weather Radios be installed in all new mobile and manufactured housing, which then prompted the federal initiative.