Concerns Raised About Fumes in FEMA Trailers

By: FEMA News Release
By: FEMA News Release

Currently 64,805 households occupy FEMA travel trailers and mobile homes in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Ninety-seven percent of these units are located in Louisiana and Mississippi.

A fact sheet will be distributed by FEMA on Saturday to provide basic information about formaldehyde, its possible medical effects and contacts for further assistance.

FEMA said similar information was provided to residents of all FEMA trailers in the Gulf last year.

FEMA said, over the last two months, it has significantly increased its focus on formaldehyde-related health concerns raised by Gulf Coast disaster victims.

These individuals reside in FEMA-provided travel trailers and mobile homes in the Gulf States.

Formaldehyde is a common indoor air pollutant that can be found in nearly all homes and buildings. It is a colorless gas that is released into the home from a variety of indoor sources.

Formaldehyde can also be found in a variety of materials used in home construction and products for everyday living. FEMA has received a relatively small but meaningful number of inquiries from residents of FEMA trailers who have had medical symptoms possibly related to formaldehyde fumes.

The new brochure is also available at www.fema.gov.


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  • by vickie Location: meridian on Aug 8, 2007 at 03:14 AM
    i think fema needs to do something about the fumes in the trailer, my son was a healthy 25 year old, that died in a fema trailer last july, and i know in my heart that is what killed him, and i wont stop till i know for sure, fema came out with a article right after we buried him aug 7, 2006..my son died from hemorragic pulmonary congestion and edema due to respiratory failure, now tell me why my sone went to sleep and never woke up, and his lungs had blood in them, i blame fema, my life after he die has not been easy for me or my other son, my husband also walked out on us, cleaned out our savings account, and left me with 100 dollars,some how or way i am going to prove that is what killed my child, i have stacks of articles on the subject, and they say anybody with respiratory problems dont need to be in that trailer, his roomate is always sick, in and out of the hospital in gulfport, i cant help my son, but i can try to help the other people living in the fema trailers, thank you
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