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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, February 1, 2010

buyer beware of FEMA trailers flooding the market

It appears that the sale of 15,000 FEMA trailers last Friday in Hope ends the talk about sending FEMA trailers to Haiti--which was being pushed by the RV industry as a way to prevent these trailers from flooding the market in the U.S. Although there are still more large lots of the trailers that are likely to be sold, there apparently is no real interest and logistical problems to sending these to Haiti.

The government is requiring a sticker be placed on these surplus trailers auctioned off saying they aren't supposed to be used for housing. But these trailers will be sold again and again, and the stickers are likely to be removed or placed where they can't be easily seen. That is what happens to the HUD formaldehyde warning labels that are supposed to be on all manufactured housing. We have had calls from people who unwittingly earlier bought FEMA trailers, and they weren't warned of the problems and are now stuck with them--sometimes still owing a mortgage on them.

Buyers should also be aware that when the CDC tested FEMA trailers in Miss. and Louisiana for formaldehyde, they also checked for mold. Half the trailers also had mold, which can also be very toxic and harmful to health. Fires and explosions are also a potential threat because these trailers were not set up or maintained properly. I have reposted Matt Robinson's Gambit article on that under Toxic Trailer News and here: