[Hpn] Several FEMA Trailers May Open With Same Key

William Charles Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Mon, 14 Aug 2006 21:37:06 -0400


Several FEMA Trailers May Open With Same Key

August 14, 2006

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency will replace locks on 
as many as 118,000 trailers used by Gulf Coast hurricane victims after 
discovering that the same key could open multiple mobile homes

The agency said some keys could open as many as 50 different locks --  
causing a security risk in heavily populated trailer parks in Louisiana and 

Spokesman Pat Philbin said FEMA worked though the weekend after discovering 
the problem last Friday at a Baton Rouge trailer park that houses hurricane 

Philbin said it's unknown how many trailers will need to have their locks 

In all, FEMA has issued about 150,000 travel trailers and mobile homes to 
evacuees since hurricanes Katrina and Rita slammed into the Gulf Coast last 
year. But about 32,000 have been taken out of service.

FEMA officials said the problem stems from a limited number of lock 
makers -- three -- that trailer manufacturers use when building mobile 
homes. They said that increases the likelihood of locks being the same.

Officials said FEMA bought 13 different kinds of travel trailers for 
hurricane evacuees.