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 24, 2008

no trailers for Hurricane Ike victims

It is another sad fallout of the formaldehyde-in-FEMA-trailers debacle that it means there is now evidently little in the way of emergency housing for those who lost their homes in Hurricane Ike. An AP story today said: “Texas officials told Congress Tuesday they want all available FEMA trailers that do not have dangerous levels of formaldehyde. After the hearing, however, FEMA's deputy administrator, Harvey Johnson, said FEMA would provide some temporary housing for Texas but no trailers.”

It is good they aren't putting more disaster victims in toxic trailers, but out of the tens of thousands of trailers being stored—representing more than $2 billion spent by the taxpayers—it is an outrage than none of this housing is safe for people to live in.
Unfortunately, while FEMA is acting to protecting disaster victims, there are no protections for Americans who purchase RVs, mobile homes and other housing with equally high levels of formaldehyde. There are still no nationwide standards for formaldehyde. We continue to especially high formaldehyde levels in new Keystones travel trailers testing over .3 ppm. We are also getting high tests from some mobile homes and modular homes.

Becky Gillette