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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.

Monday, July 21, 2008

FEMA headed in right direction

I was pleasantly surprised at a FEMA briefing today on its new on National Disaster Housing Strategy Plan that it does seem that FEMA has learned some important lessons from Katrina and Rita. The importance of coordinating with state and local government agencies, and non profits, is really critical because they have the on-the-ground knowledge. Also, they acknowledge how different households can be, and how much their needs may differ. And it is a good idea to exhaust all other housing options before putting people in trailers and mobile homes and travel trailers. (But please, not cruise ships! That was really expensive and few people wanted that option).
The thing that is the greatest victory is that by FEMA requiring very low formaldehyde levels in both mobile homes and park models they purchase, plus any alternative prototype housing developed, FEMA could drive the housing market in the whole country to healthier building materials. Manufacturers will no longer be able to say that it isn’t possible to build manufactured housing that is low in formaldehyde. That could be an important benefit not just for disaster victims but for the millions of other Americans who live in manufactured housing.