It’s Cold and Flu Season, Are you prepared?

In the United States, flu season occurs in the Fall and Winter.  Influenza viruses circulate year-round, but most flu activity peaks between December and February, and can last as late as May.

The Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs.  It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.   The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that the best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccine, but is the vaccine right for you?

The CDC recommends that you should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community.  It takes about 2 weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body.  The CDC also recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine.  Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complication from influenza, such as children younger than 5, adults 65 and older, and pregnant women.

As an added convenience, many drug stores and retail outlets provide flu shots.  It is easy to simply get a flu shot during your shopping trip!   For more information regarding the flu vaccine, contact your physician.

Source:  cdc.gov/flu

Fresh Groceries and Prepared Meals Delivered to Your Door

Are you aware that fresh groceries can be
delivered to your door when it’s most convenient
for you? Instacart and many of your
local grocery stores offer same dame grocery
delivery service. Customers select groceries
through a web application and the order is
delivered by a personal shopper. Simply go
online to www.instacart.com and type in
your zip code.

You can shop from several stores and
retailers, where groceries can be delivered
to you in as little as an hour. You can also go
to your favorite grocery store’s website and
order home delivery directly through them.
Ordering fully cooked and prepared meals
from your favorite restaurants and having
them delivered to your door is easy too!!!
Grubhub and DoorDash are restaurant
delivery businesses that make life easy. You
can order online at www.grubhub.com or
www.doordash.com, and/or download their
apps on to your smartphone. Ordering is quick and easy,
and you are guaranteed to have hot food delivered to your door
and you are guaranteed whenever it is most convenient for you.

Meals on Wheels is also a program that
delivers meals to individuals at home who
are unable to purchase and prepare their
own meals. Meals on wheels operates
in every community. To find your local
Meals on Wheels Program you can call
1-888-998-6325 or visit their website at
www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/find-meals

Mobilehome Residency Laws Distributed in February

The California Civil Code Sections 798 regulate mobile home parks.  Another term for the Civil Codes is “Mobilehome Residency Law” or “MRL”.  These laws change depending on new laws or amendments adopted by the California legislature each year.  Park owners distribute the new updated laws to park residents by the first of February each year.  If there are no changes to the laws, then the park owner/management may make the MRL available to residents and not distribute to each household.  In 2019 there were no significant changes.

However, there is a new poster notifying mobile home owners of the change in the name of the Mobilehome Ombudsman to the Mobilehome Assistance Center.  Park owners/management are required to post this notice at the Park.  It is also on line at the following link:

www.hcd.ca.gov/manufactured-mobile-home/mobile-home-ombudsman/docs/MAC-Poster.pdf

Why are legal documents in English?

The California Civil Code addresses the management of legal documents in the State
of California in Section 1632. This section of the law states, among other things, that if a business owner negotiates contracts, including rental or lease agreements in a language other than English, then the business owner is required to translate legal
documents into all other listed languages, which are Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog,
Vietnamese, and Korean. It is not only time consuming, but difficult to translate
accurately into many different languages.

It is for this reason that attorneys representing business owners, including
mobile home parks, recommend that all legal documents and negotiations be done in
English.

When it is necessary for translation of the documents, the prospective resident or
current resident of a mobile home park, as an example, must provide their own interpreter
who must be 18 years of age or older.

Source: Insurance Information Institute.

Winterizing Your Mobile Home

When winterizing your mobile home, there are certain goals you want to achieve,
such as, eliminating cold air from coming in, preventing hot air from escaping and
preventing any water from leaking in. Here are few tips that will help prevent any these
from occurring.

Roof: A well-maintained roof can lower your energy bills and prevent costly water
damage. The edges and seams of a metal roof should be sealed every year. In most mobile homes, there is a cavity between the roof and the ceiling with only an inch
of fiberglass insulation running under the roof. Filling in this area will help properly
insulate your mobile home.

Skirting or Foundation Enclosure: Skirting helps to maintain a steady
temperature under the home, preventing pipes from freezing and other humidity
issues. Check the skirting, skirting vents, and entry places around your home, and
make sure it’s secure and undamaged. Replace individual panels if needed.

Plumbing: When setting out to winterize a mobile home, this should be one of the
biggest areas of concern for any mobile home owner. Mobile home plumbing is
prone to freezing over during the cold winter months, so if you live in an area that may pay attention to exposed pipes. One of the easiest methods to prevent water pipes from
freezing is heat tape. Heat tape contains a heating element encased in tape that is
wrapped around water pipes, it warms the pipes and prevents freezing. And, if you
are going to leave for an extended period of time, make sure you drain all water from the
plumbing.

Heating, Furnace: It’s very important to make sure your manufactured home furnace
operates safely and efficiently during winter weather. Most furnace manufacturers
recommend a professional inspection every year, and your utility company may
provide a free inspection. You should replacedisposable furnace filters regularly, and
wash, brush or vacuum permanent filters.

Source:   www.manufacturedhomelivingnews.com

New Year New Mobile Home Improvements

The new year is on its way, and it is time
to start making plans to renew and refresh.
Perhaps a mobile home makeover is in your
future? Your home is your safe space. This
is where we do most of our living. It’s where
we work, play, rest and spend time with our
families. This is why you want your home to
reflect who you are, and what you enjoy in life.

There are many different and affordable ways
to renovate a mobile home, but you have to
decide what you want. You can renovate the
inside, outside or both, or only small areas of
these spaces. Renovation can be as simple as                                                           freshening things up, or it can be an
overwhelming and stressful process.

There are a few areas of concern to keep in
mind when renovating a mobile home. First,
money will be an issue. Avoid disappointment
by making a budget and planning around
it. Doing things yourself can be a great way
to save money. Second, renovations can be
disruptive, some measure of stress is to be
expected. Third, depending on what you are
doing, consider how long it will take, some
renovations take a significant amount of time
to complete. Finally, renovations are usually
a long-term change, so take your time before
making any decisions.

If your renovations may include the need
to obtain a permit from the California
Department of Housing and Community
Development (HCD) and approval from the
owner of the mobile home park where you
live. Be sure to check with HCD and your
park owner. HCD provides considerable
information on line about permits: www.hcd.
ca.gov. Review your park rules and regulations
and lease agreement and meet with
the on-site manager or owner of your park to
obtain approval for improvements made to
your site or home.

 

Important New Year’s Resolutions

Every New Year we make resolutions that we sometimes keep and sometimes do not keep.  However, this New Year, the recent fires and flooding disasters in our State have reminded all home owners that it is very important to check their homeowners insurance.

Mobile home owners and manufactured home owners need to make sure that their insurance coverage covers REPLACEMENT cost of the home!  This cannot be stressed enough.  You may have paid only $20,000 for a double wide home, but in order to replace that home should it become totally damaged, it will cost more than double that or more.  Also, remember that you are renting the lot and should the home become damaged, the site will need to be cleared by the home owner and this is no small cost.

NOW is the time to make sure you have adequate homeowners insurance!

Remember – Recycling Has Rules!

We are all in to recycling, but not everything is recyclable.  Always check with your trash company to confirm what and how they recycle.  Some have different requirements.   Here are some general things you need to keep out of the recycling bin.

Coated Materials: Juice boxes, chip bags, frozen food boxes, and other materials that have a plastic, glossy or shiny coating are not recyclable.

Food-Stained Materials: Pizza boxes, used paper plates, napkins, paper towels, and jars with food residue should not be put in a recycling bin. While the materials themselves are recyclable, once they are contaminated with food they are useless.

Lids and Caps: While bottles can be recycled, the cap is made out of a different kind of plastic called polypropylene that has to be recycled separately. This goes for laundry-detergent caps and peanut-butter lids, too. Most plastics have numbers that determine where they should be recycled. No. 1 and No. 2 can usually be recycled with everything else. If it is No. 5 (polypropylene) or another number, it probably needs to be separated.

Plastic shopping bags: Plastic bags from the grocery store can be detrimental to recycling equipment because they wrap around the machinery and can shut down operation.

Shredded paper: A sheet of paper can be recycled five or six times. However, shredding paper destroys the fibers and makes it difficult to recycle. Brightly colored paper can be a bigger problem and ruin a whole batch of recycling paper.  Put out shredded paper in compost instead.

All medical waste: Needles, syringes, etc.

Plastic foam: Block Foam, air-filled packaging and packing peanuts

Source:  planetsave.com, ocregister.com

Celebrating the Holidays Around the World

Holiday traditions are as unique as the countries they are from.  Some rituals date back centuries, while other celebrations are only decades old.  To celebrate this time of coming together, here are a few holiday traditions from around the world:

Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25th, and  Naples Italy is famous for it’s nativity scenes.  During this time, it is not uncommon to find the Christ Child’s crib in many Christian homes.

Rovaniemi, Finland is the “official home town” of Santa Claus.  Jolly old Saint Nick in his red suit, can be visited 365 days a year.  Children from around the world come to deliver their wish lists in person.

Jewish families around the world light candles on the eight nights of Hanukkah.  The festival is observed by lighting the candles of a candelabrum with nine branches, called a Hanukkah Menorah.   Hanukkah festivities include praying, playing dreidel and eating latkes.

In Croatia, s few days before the holiday, residents release thousands of paper lanterns carrying their Christmas hopes and wishes into the sky.

Christmastime in Russia swaps Santa Claus with a gift-giving character from Slavic folklore, Father Frost.  He’s rarely seen without his daughter, Snow Maiden, by his side.

Kwanza is a celebration that honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift giving.   Each day of Kwanza, marked by lighting a candle on the Kinara holder, represents one of the founding principles of the holiday, including unity, faith and purpose.

On January 6th, the Christian holiday of the Epiphany, children in Spain sometimes receive presents.  A parade celebrates the Three Kings and their visit to the Baby Jesus.

No matter how you celebrate the holiday season, ENJOY!!

Source:   www.businessinsider.com

Important Information For Mobile Homeowners FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) May Not be there for the Uninsured

Everyone hears so much about FEMA coming to the aid of people who have lost their homes and belongings during a disaster, that they may be under the impression that they do not need homeowners’ insurance because FEMA will be there. Think again.

In the event of a natural disaster, it is important to understand that FEMA benefits are based around helping the insured, and survivors with homeowners’ insurance are the ones who may be eligible for FEMA assistance.   Insured homeowners and renters whose home or personal property sustain damage from a natural disaster, should first file a claim with their insurance company, and then register with FEMA.

Insured survivors may be eligible for assistance with losses and needs not covered, or those in excess of their policy coverage.   The programs offered by FEMA are intended to meet individual basic needs, and to help people get back on their feet.    FEMA is not a substitute for personal property and insurance coverage, and cannot pay for all losses caused by a disaster.

Another important reminder to mobile home owners. When insuring your home, be sure to insure it for replacement value and what it will cost to replace the home.   In addition, you will be responsible for cleaning debris off of your site and those costs could be significant.  Do not risk not having adequate homeowners insurance coverage.

Source:  www.fema.gov