Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Draft plan: FEMA may use trailers in new disaster


So much for hollow promises and children's health.

Are they really safe from hurricanes living in tin cans that tend to get destroyed or blown away?

Put the people in sturdy buildings that can withstand the ferocious winds.
The government may house disaster victims in trailers this hurricane season as a last resort, despite promises never to use them again because of high levels of formaldehyde found in trailers used after the Katrina catastrophe.

Only the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency could approve the use of such trailers, and they would have to meet the agency's standard for low formaldehyde levels, according to a draft of the agency's five-page 2008 hurricane-season plan, obtained by The Associated Press. Also, disaster victims could stay in the trailers for only six months.

Well, at least there are a couple safeguards in place.

They could also tear out the sheathing in the trailers to minimize the formaldehyde toxicity. I'm just guessing here, but that's probably where the greatest concentrations are and not in the framing.

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