FEMA Slow to Address Toxic Trailers

- By Bossip Staff

For some months, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been scrutinized for the dispersal of trailers heavily laced with formaldehyde to Katrina victims. FEMA knew of the toxic problems that are believed to cause cancer, two moths after the hurricane; however, they failed to run tests for two years. 

FEMA, the report says, reacted to the formaldehyde health threat only after media attention “grew to disturbing levels” and  delayed testing so the agency could “develop a public communications strategy” for the public and the media.

 

Although federal tests found formaldehyde in emergency housing in October of 2005, just two months after Katrina, most of the tests weren’t done until two years later, during winter, when formaldehyde levels are lowest, the report says.

 

“Because of the delays, the test results may have underestimated the extent of formaldehyde exposure that residents had experienced,” it says.

Almost immediately, some residents began complaining of health problems, attributing it to formaldehyde, a strong-smelling gas that federal authorities say is believed to cause cancer.

 

The report is the latest to address the federal government’s response to Katrina and Rita, when FEMA faced the biggest challenge in the agency’s history, trying to relocate many of the estimated 700,000 people displaced by the Gulf Coast storms. Some people were housed in hotels and apartments, but others were placed in more than 200,000 travel trailers, mobile homes and temporary, two-bedroom shelters known as “park models.”

 

In a statement Thursday, FEMA spokesman Clark Stevens said FEMA “agrees with the Inspector General’s findings” and has already made great progress in developing policies and actions to address concerns about formaldehyde emissions.

 

“As a result, FEMA and our partners are far better positioned to respond to the temporary housing needs of disaster survivors than we were several years ago.

In a statement Thursday, FEMA spokesman Clark Stevens said FEMA “agrees with the Inspector General’s findings” and has already made great progress in developing policies and actions to address concerns about formaldehyde emissions.

 

“As a result, FEMA and our partners are far better positioned to respond to the temporary housing needs of disaster survivors than we were several years ago.

FEMA is now testing new forms of relocatable housing in Maryland. New requirements have been put in place for a third party to test air quality of mobile housing units that comply with new specifications.

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  • cruzan trini

    BUSH AND FEMA HATE BLACK PEOPLE

  • Dominique Devereaux

    Can FEMA be brought up on charges already? Wow I’m first huh? I guess because this is not a who can I hate on post….

  • Mandah! rise n shine chile!

    wow they all need to be sent to jail. who the hell makes FORMELDAHYDE laced trailers?!?!?

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  • Kells

    FEMA and all it’s counterparts are nothing but Federal murderers of our people period! They’ve put their agenda right in plain sight! It’s been 4 years already so if they really cared about people suitable housing would have been available. It’s time to stop this madness and start holding these people responsible for all deaths and future deaths that this horrible situation will cause!

  • onion61

    FEMA Housing trailer camps = America’s version of Auschwitz for blacks who are the majority of occupants in this case. FEMA operates clandestinely through the NWO.

  • Daphne

    @ cruzan trini

    And now they’ve already taken the $$$ & ran.

  • Lies and Bullshit-aka-The Truth

    @Onion 61
    trust and believe the nwo occultists will step on any people(s), no matter their ethncitity. The divide between us and them is on a whole other level. Those with money and power to influence the masses are thrown bones, because they can carry out their initiatives/agendas. If you can not trace your lineage to the Anglo’s that came here first and have taken the oath of the various occult’s, then to them you do not matter. Condoleeza took the oath/signed her soul on the dotted line-she’s not Black. She’s another soul bought. This is about good vs. evil on an organic level.

  • Lies and Bullshit-aka-The Truth

    people like Cruzan Trini are the reason things like this happen and don’t get fully solved, because they focus on a very small reason for the happening. Racism is a tool used to distract the people from the real issues!

  • onion61

    @Lies and Bullshit-aka-The Truth

    You are absolutely right. However, blacks are a part of the “undesirable” portion (as so written and thinly disguised in the “Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars” doctrine of the NWO)of the population that they seek to eradicate in their quest to achieve this New World Order. I am not suggesting at all that it is about race/ethnicity, it just so happens that the majority of people that were displaced by Hurricane Katrina happened to be African American.

  • lt

    Like my father said, after it took the government so long to respond to the victims of Katrina, he is convinced that we can not depend on our govenrment for anything.

  • Purple Sparkle

    THEY NEVER HAVE AND THEY NEVER WILL CARE ABOUT US…PEOPLE NEED TO WAKE UP!

  • NoooooooBoo

    Damn, am I dyslexic? Oh well, typos or not, I still dig the story and it’s content.

  • Denise

    @ Free from new orleans trash.

    I agree with you completely. Why are they still living in those trailers after 5yrs and some of them are still trying to get money out of FEMA. Very said indeed. If you have a problem with something, I think that common sense would kick and you would try to correct it. Most of these people are to lazy to do anything and since the trailer was free they probably did not want to go and live somewhere where they would probably have to come out of there pockets. Its all about what you can get. So I agree with you completely.

  • PI$$ED AS HELL

    I have read all of the responses to this posting and it is truly sad. First of all how can you say that some of these people are better off than they were before? Some of these people were home owners and their homes and families were destroyed. I won’t say that about everyone, but you can’t possibly think that they are better off than they were before. Maybe the reason that some of these people are still living there are because they have no place else to go. New Orleans is all that these people know. Not many people who were born and raised their ever leave. With that being said whether they people choose to stay there or were forced due to circumstance still does not make it right for you to place families with children in these homes KNOWING that there are issues with the housing. Its not human!!!! Whether they lived there for 5 days or 5 years there could have be serious health issues for these families and you seem to feel that it is their own fault. People wake up, I am from New Orleans, I moved from there years before the storm hit but I still have family who lives there. And a few of their homes or still in deemed unsafe. THe insurance companies didn’t honor all claims based on the fact that they cant determine if the homes were hit by the hurricane or was flooded first. So peoples businesses were destroyed. Do you honestly think that people chose to live this way. It really just pisses me off when people assume that these people deserve this. NOONE NO EVEN ANIMALS ARE TREATED THIS POORLY.

  • jewels

    Hasn’t the Obama administration agreed to sell the trailers because May or June was the last month residents could stay?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/08/us/08trailer.html?pagewanted=2

  • FREE FROM NEW ORLEANS TRASH

    STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR THEM. THAT’S THE PROBLEM, SOCIETY HAS ENABLE THEM TO REMAIN DEPENDENT ON HAND OUTS. LIKE I SAID, I WITNESSED IT FIRST HAD BOTH AT A SHEELTER AND IN N.O. THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE FROM NEW ORLEANS KNOW NOTHING OTHER THAN STREET LIFE, HUSTLE AND GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE. THE SAID THING IS THEY ARE HAPPY LIVING LIKE THAT. WHAT’S WORSE IS EVERY WHERE THEY SENT THEM AFTER THE STORM CRIME INCREASED, AND LIVING STANDARDS LOWERED. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU. I JUST HATE IT FOR THE FEW WHO REALLY WANT MORE BUT BECAUSE OF THEIR ENVIRONMENT THEY CAN’T SEE A WAY OUT. MY SUGGESTION IS SIMPLE, SEEK INDEPENDENCY AND TRUST GOD IF YOU REALLY WANT BETTER.

  • geof

    UM THIS IS STUPID IM FROM NEW ORLEANS AND NO ONE I REPEAT NO ONE STILL HAS FEMA TRAILERS ANYMORE UNLESS THEY ARE PATHETIC AND HAVENT FOUND THE CHEAP HOUSING FEMA OFFERED THEM….IT IS ILLEGAL TO STILL HAVE YOUR TRAILER UP HERE ANYWAY THEY HAVE BEEN OUTLAWED…ALSO HOW OLD IS THAT PICTURE NEW ORLEANS DOES NOT LOOK LIKE THAT ANYMORE STOP SPREADING THE MISCONCEPTIONS THAT NEW ORLEANS IS TERRIBLE IT IS BACK AND NICER THAN IT EVER HAS BEEN!

  • geof

    ALSO NEW ORLEANS HAS THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN THE COUNTRY AND IS CONSIDERED THE BEST PLACE TO RIDE OUT THE RECESSION…THERE ARE TONS OF JOBS HERE FOR THE TAKING SO IT IS THEIR OWN FAULT IF THEY DONT HAVE MONEY FOR HOUSING!

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