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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
faulty maintenance causes FEMA trailer fire deaths
The Gambit newspaper in New Orleans has exposed the fact that using politically connected contractors with no experience with LP gas (or RV maintenance) has caused many fires in FEMA trailers, some of which have claimed lives. Please note that because the trailers were not set up properly, this also allowed moisture infiltration from the outside that not only made formaldehyde outgassing worse, but also caused serious mold problems in many of the trailers. How many ways could FEMA $*%#&() up with these campers?