RV parks and man camps at risk during severe weather


The Midland County Northeast Volunteer Fire Department is reminding residents to be smart during the severe weather this week. 

On Tuesday evening, severe weather such as damaging winds, thunder storms and hail will roll across parts of the Permian Basin. 

Midland County NVFD Fire Chief Mat McClure says residents in man camps and RV parks are the most vulnerable. 

“Mobile homes in these strong winds, they will topple over real quick,” said McClure. 

Rita Park, who moved to Midland County for work three years ago, says if push comes to shove, she’ll look for shelter. 

“We will evacuate and go to a motel,” said Park. 

An action that the fire department says they recommend to anyone who does not live in a secure home. 

“Don’t wait until the last minute to do it. Listen to your weather radios. They’ll notify you with plenty of time when the storms are coming in,” said McClure. 

Meanwhile, RV owner Ralph Mills says he’s planning to ride the storm out. 

“Stay in the trailer and pray to the good Lord to watch out for me, that’s all,” said Mills. 

As for the hail, McClure says to look for covering and stay clear of windows. 

“If you do get caught out in a storm, please, for God’s sake, put your emergency flashers on and get to the side of the road,” said McClure. 

Parker is no stranger to severe weather but has a message for those most vulnerable. 

“Well, we are going to just leave it up to the good Lord. And hope that He puts a head of protection around us,” said Parker. 

MCNVFD also reminds drivers to “turn around, don’t drown” in flooded areas. 

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