FEMA Will Test Trailers at Residents' Request

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Residents of FEMA trailers who want their units tested for formaldehyde will have that opportunity. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it would open up the testing program to those living in federally supplied trailers and mobile homes along the Gulf Coast.

Trailer residents in federally declared disaster areas in other states also will be able to have their trailers tested. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fumes from 519 tested trailers and mobile homes in Louisiana and Mississippi were, on average, about five times what people are exposed to in most modern homes.

Formaldehyde is a preservative commonly used in construction materials. It can lead to breathing problems and is also believed to cause cancer.

FEMA says testing could begin as early as this coming week and will begin with residents on the Gulf Coast who have already requested testing.

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  • by dianne bell Location: lisman on Mar 28, 2008 at 05:48 PM
    I would like to request a Fema trailer because of the numerious damage in it, first off, the floors had been rained on and now the floors are damaged so bad that you can see the ground and it's getting closer to summer time and snakes could be on the loose at any day now, then the roof has holes in the top and when it rain we can't control it the rain comes right threw the roof and we have to use buckets to hole some of the rain drops. second of all, the floors in the bath room are very weak and you can't walk without falling threw the floor unless you walk a certain way. third of all, we have a piece of plywood over the back door where the back door has been missing because of the storm and no one has came by to see it since hurricane Ivan. We really need a trailer badly because our trailer is in bad shape and we really don't know what to do because we are confused about the idea and we really need your help badly because we are stuck we really need a trailer.
  • by ME Location: MS on Feb 25, 2008 at 08:04 PM
    What does FEMA stand for??? Oh, yea, I remember: Federal Emergency MORON Administration. Another example of our tax dollars at work. The Gov't can come with billions a day for this bogus war but they cant even take care of their own citizens who have been displaced for years.....SHAME...SHAME....SHAME
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