About ToxicTrailers.com

ToxicTrailers.com was launched after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 when the government spent more than $2 billion on FEMA trailers with high levels of formaldehyde that sickened thousands of people. The FEMA trailer tragedy exposed what is a widespread problem in RVs, mobile homes, modular buildings and even conventional buildings that use pressed wood products. Unfortunately, as we approach the tenth anniversary of Katrina, formaldehyde regulations are not being enforced in the U.S., and people's health is at risk. If you are having burning eyes, congestion, sore throat, coughing, breathing difficulties, frequent sinus infections or rashes, and difficulties concentrating, you may have a formaldehyde problem. For questions or to share your story, write 4becky@cox.net.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

I need to see a doctor about the recurrence of eye-burning from needing to leave the trailer windows closed in the summer. Do you know whether FEMA takes any responsibility? Do we need to see FEMA's doctors? What sort of treatment can be used to help the symptoms?

Jana Henson, New Orleans

Dear Jana: FEMA doesn't have any doctors, but there is a fax number you can send requests to be reimbursed for medical bills related to formaldehyde. The number is 1-800-827-8112. I know some people with eye problems have been prescribed expensive medications. One woman's eye drops are costing her $60 for a five-day supply. You would have to see a physician to see what might be recommended in your case.