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.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

FEMA did more damage than Katrina

I am 67, my wife is younger an we have lived in a FEMA trailer for more than a year. I arrived at the trailer and taped to my door was a message from fema explaining formaldehyde in the trailers and the symptoms. I had every symptom on the message and moved out of the trailer immediately.
I am having trouble breathing, I get nose bleeds, I itch a lot and have a constant cough. I am under doctors care and do not seem to be getting better. I know that FEMA meant well, but they have done more damage to me then "Katrina" could have ever done.
Thanks for listening,
John M., Long Beach

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

deaths of animals

Hello, What about the people not in the FEMA trailers but trailers that were made at the same time by the same company, really they are the same trailers. We had no person die but we did lose 3 pets in 18 months and out vet says we need to talk to someone.


Scout: We have had numerous reports of animals getting sick and dying in housing with high formaldehyde levels. Some people like you have lost several pets. One of the cases where there have been pet deaths is in modular housing in Nebraska. Send me your contact info and let's see what the formaldehyde levels are in your trailer.


Wednesday, June 4, 2008

FEMA trailer tests at .4 ppm

I've been talking recently with a woman in Brookhaven very concerned that her whole family has suffered serious illnesses since starting to live in a FEMA mobile home over two years ago. Her husband has COPD and emphysema and it is the worst it has ever been. Her son has difficulty breathing and has nose bleeds. One daughter-in-law alone had $500 in medical bills from just one recent visit to the doctor. Several family members have been plagued with strep throat and bronchitis. And no wonder! Their FEMA trailer tests just came in at .4 ppm. That is four times higher than the maximum level someone should be exposed to in a short period of time.

This gives you an idea how high some of these FEMA trailers can test during the hot, humid months when formaldehyde outgassing increases.

Solution to Particleboard Problem?

Check out the news portion of this website on the lower right for a link to an excellent article by Katherine Salant published recently in the Washington Post, "Solution to the Particleboard Problem?" The take home message is that far safer particleboard resin doesn’t cost much more. It just requires more time to cure. And when you consider that particleboard is such a small portion of the total cost of cabinets, it is shameful that it isn’t the industry standard to use the safer particleboard. Becky