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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.

Friday, July 31, 2009

12-year-old FEMA trailer victim has leukemia

The Hattiesburg American has reported that a 12-year-old girl who lived in a FEMA travel trailer and then a FEMA mobile home has acute myeloid leukemia, which has been linked to formaldehyde exposure. The family of Brittany Whittington, who is given a 40 percent chance of survival, is struggling to take care of her while paying medical bills and living expenses.

The article says: "The bills are mounting up and we're finding it tough to pay these expenses and still keep up with such things as their home and auto payments," Knight said.
There are a number of ways that people can choose to help the Whittington family.
"Brittany is a very sweet and very scared 12-year-old girl," Knight said. "Cards and letters of encouragement go a long way to brighten her day."

One thing the really bothers me about the recent Inspector General report criticizing FEMA for failing to respond to the problems with formaldehyde in FEMA housing is that names of the people who covered up and delayed for FEMA were not named and are not being required to take responsibility for their actions. Names aren’t used (like the name of the person in FEMA who received results of Sierra Club tests showing high formaldehyde levels two years before FEMA took action), only titles. No one who is responsible for Brittany’s illness and the illnesses and deaths of many others has so much has had a hand slapped. Meanwhile, families struggle with medical bills and the anguish of lives cut short.

Brittany needs a lot more than a get well card. The government and trailer manufacturers need to be held accountable, and provide health care and other compensation to the poisoned families.