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 email@example.com.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Weslee, one of the FEMA trailer "blue babies", has passed away. His lungs gave out. His mother Jennifer talks about her experience being pregnant with Weslee while living in a FEMA trailer with high formaldehyde levels in a YouTube video posted on this page. A number of FEMA trailer babies would turn blue, and get rushed to the emergency room with doctors unable to understand what was wrong with them. Wesley's condition deteriorated over the years. He would have hundreds of seizures per day. Jennifer provided loving care to him for years, and now has had to say goodbye to him. This is what she posted on Facebook: "My little angel went to join all the other little angels in heaven a little while ago. If my love could've saved you Weslee, you would have lived forever. R.I.P.my darling boy." And this is from an earlier post: "Faith is sometimes the only thing you have. With faith you can press during the dark times. Have faith & it will light your path through the mist of despair." Many, many other FEMA children continue to suffer today from being exposed to high formaldehyde levels. Parents report high rates of asthma, bronchitis and allergies, chronic coughing, and problems with learning disabilities. The children are also at greater risk for cancer. I continue to get calls from parents who have moved into former FEMA trailers that weren't supposed to be rented for long term occupancy. Their children have gotten sick, and often parents have trouble getting out of the lease. These toxic trailers are continuing to cause illnesses across the country.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Noticed that you sanction Evergreen RVs. Be advised that it has formaldehyde and several VOCs. We were excited when we heard about them and read their brochures, because we wanted to buy a new RV. We looked at a couple of them at a dealership in Rockport, Texas. They stunk of chemicals just as bad as the other brands. I called several times and finally got the CEO on the phone. He said that a few specific materials were now formaldehyde free, such as the plywood under the bed, for example. But when I asked about the vinyl-covered paneling, floor covering and cabinets, he replied they were made of conventional RV materials, which could contain VOCs and formaldehyde, not always, but could, he said. I asked why his brochure and website said VOC-free. He claimed that he was not aware of that being stated. I asked him to check and call me back after he had seen that. He didn't call me. So, please, please, for yourself, find a dealer who sells Evergreen. Go in one. Let your nose tell you. If you do not remember me, I'm the guy with the blog about toxic materials and safe alternatives. In other words, I'm not a tree hugger; I know about VOCs and formaldehyde. I majored in chemistry in college, in a former lifetime. http://protectyourfamilyfromhazardmaterials.blogspot.com/ Best, Bob G from Corpus Christi