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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.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Man headed to deathbed if can't get out of FEMA trailer

Charlie, 65, and Barbara Syrie, 55, Picayune, lived in a FEMA travel trailer for two years after Hurricane Katrina before receiving a Cavalier FEMA mobile home that they ended up purchasing because they had nowhere else to live. Both trailers were high in formaldehyde, and the health problems experienced by the Syries have multiplied. “Charlie has been in and out of hospital with pneumonia since January,” Barbara said, who has frequent migraine headaches, a sore throat and whose voice is now permanently hoarse. “He is on three different antibiotics and breathing machine treatments. We need to get out of this trailer. My husband is heading to his deathbed. We bought the shelter dog, and now the dog is ours.”
The Syrie’s lost two beloved cocker spaniels to bladder cancer they believe was caused by the formaldehyde. And now they are seeing lots of former FEMA trailers for sale in their area. They are concerned that the FEMA travel trailers do not contain the warnings that they aren’t supposed to be used for permanent housing as required when GSA sold the trailers at auction. “How can they sell them without warning anyone?” Barbara asks.
If the Syries don’t find alternative housing, Charlie is likely to die soon. If anyone can help, please call 601-798-7966.