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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, November 9, 2012
The AP reports today that the federal government is moving manufactured housing into areas in New York and New Jersey that were hit hardest by Sandy. AP said: FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said the disaster-relief agency has several hundred mobile homes in its inventory of emergency supplies and has started moving some of them to disaster zones. He said it is unclear yet if FEMA will need to order more of the temporary homes. "FEMA was widely criticized for using trailers after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated New Orleans and parts of the Gulf Coast in 2005 after many of those trailers were later found to contain toxic levels of formaldehyde. "Fugate said the mobile homes being sent to New York and New Jersey have been approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The mobile homes being used for this storm are not the same kind that were used after Katrina and Rita, FEMA said." People who get these FEMA trailers need to know that despite the tens of thousands of people poisoned by formaldehyde in FEMA trailers after Katrina, FEMA is no longer even testing the trailers it buys for formaldehyde. And the HUD standards have not been changed or improved from what they were before Katrina. The HUD standards are not only woefully inadequate, but there is no enforcement. FEMA's excuse for no longer requiring that the housing they purchase is low in formaldehyde is that "everybody does it." FEMA is only purchasing what is available in the marketplace to anyone. IF anyone gets one of the Sandy FEMA trailers, and could like a free test kit for formaldehyde, send an email to email@example.com.