GOD, I wanna scream at the tops of my lungs at this pathetic excuse for an agency! How long will it take for this botched up sorry excuse for a relief agency to get just one thing right? Not only did a lot of people have to wake very long periods to get a trailor to begin with, but now that they have them, it is making them sick!
Federal authorities plan to test government trailers used by hurricane victims to determine whether people are being sickened by formaldehyde emissions, officials said Friday.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it was responding to 46 complaints from people in Mississippi who claim they have had health problems since moving into FEMA trailers after Hurricane Katrina.
The agency wanted to do what was in the best interest of hurricane victims, spokesman Aaron Walker said.
“They came to the decision … of victims first,” Walker said. “We want to make sure our residents feel comfortable.”
The move comes three months after the Mississippi chapter of the Sierra Club issued a report that found high formaldehyde emissions in dozens of trailers in Mississippi and Louisiana. The environmental group has since tested trailers in Alabama, where it also found high levels, said Becky Gillette, co-chair of the organization.
The group has tested about 55 trailers in the three states, Gillette said. Not all the trailers, which were made by several different manufacturers, had high formaldehyde levels.
“In a number of cases doctors have been requesting new trailers for their patients,” Gillette said. “When we started this we didn’t realize it would be quite so pervasive and widespread.”
Then after you read further down the story, you come upon this little nugget of information from those sorry excuses for people.
Scott said she contacted FEMA in June and three workers came out and told her to open her windows to air out the trailer during the day.
“But when you wake up in the morning, your eyes are burning because the trailer was closed up all night,” Scott said.
Yes, you read it right!! Open the windows!!