The first step to be considered for an MHU is to apply for FEMA help. Apply three ways:

o   Log onto with any computer, smartphone or tablet.

o   Download and use the FEMA app. You can also use the app for disaster resources, weather alerts, safety tips and to check the status of your FEMA help application.

o   If you cannot access the website or FEMA app, call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. If you use TTY, call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.


·       Here’s what to expect when an MHU is to be provided:

    • FEMA will send an inspector to determine if it’s possible, or feasible, to place one on your property.
    • Some of the factors that determine whether it’s possible to have an MHU on a property include whether the site is big enough; if there is an environmental concern; and whether there are utility hook-ups available.
    • If the site can accommodate an MHU, and all other factors are favorable, it will be transported from a local staging area and installed. 
    • Part of the process of installing the units includes building steps or ramps to make them accessible, and making sure the utilities are operating. 
    • Once the unit is operational, the applicant signs a contract for use, receives the keys and is ready to move in.
  • Placement of the MHU is important and there are several considerations:
    • An eligible applicant may be able to place a FEMA-provided MHU in a floodplain.
      • However, the applicant cannot place an MHU in a floodway or high-hazard coastal area.
    • Floodways are controlled flooding areas near waterways such as rivers.
    • A high-hazard coastal area or V zone is vulnerable to storm surges.