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Monday, April 27, 2009

foul smell in MEMA cottage

There is a foul smell in my MS Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) cottage that I have mentioned several times since November to the MEMA maintenance personnel who visited the house. I questioned if there was a hazardous substance such as formaldehyde or Chinese sheetrock possibly the cause of this smell which does not go away. I also have had health problems from day one. Stuffy nose every morning. Irritated eyes, burning nose, hair falling out, and the worst- heavy feeling across my chest and waking up with my heart racing every morning and throughout other times when in the house. A few days ago I almost fainted. I am not normally a sick person. I pride myself in maintaining good health for most of my life.
Well, after complaining the MEMA housing representative called me back to tell me that I would have to find other living accommodations because my lease has expired. He said the cottages would not be rented. He said the house had no Chinese drywall in it. I asked if they would test the house for other possible causes of this irritant, which is affecting my health. He said they could do an air quality test. I then asked if he could put in writing what we discussed since I had a bad memory. He said he "could not".
Who else is having these problems? I wish someone would get together and compare notes. This is criminal all the way around.