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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.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

FEMA manipulates formaldehyde test for elderly couple

We have had a number of reports from people considering buying their FEMA trailers who were told by FEMA how to get low tests results (test when it is cold and well ventilated), but that isn't how people live! So people ended up being falsely assured their trailers were safe. Now they are sick, and FEMA couldn't care less.

Blog from couple in Picayune, Miss: My wife and I are still dealing with the Formaldehyde situation. We are both disabled and I am a senior citizen.(65) When we first moved into the FEMA mobile home we questioned the Formaldehyde Issue. FEMA set up a time for the home to be tested. They come out and tested the mobile home and it was 77ppm. When it come close to time for us to move out, we had no place to go. FEMA said they would sell us the mobile home. We again questioned the Formaldehyde Issue, they said they would have it tested again. The day before the test they called and told us to open all the windows and doors to air it out. At the time of the test it was 56* outside, with the house open it was also 56* inside. When the test results came back the reading was 17ppm. They told us it was safe and sold it to us.
My wife can still smell the formaldehyde. Last January I come down with a bad cough and my Dr. put me on steroids. The first of February I saw my Dr. again and he put me in the hospital with Pneumonia. I was in the hospital from Feb 1-5 2010. I stayed home 9 days and he put me back in the hospital on Feb 14-19. I was on steroids and antibotics from early Jan thru the last of Mar. After all this the infection is still here. I am now on 3 different antibotics and haven't kicked it yet. With all this we discovered Black mold in Aug of 2009. We called FEMA and they don't want anything to do with us.