What did FEMA do initially to address complaints about formaldehyde emissions in travel trailers?
One of FEMA’s highest priorities is the health, safety and security of the people who are temporarily living in travel trailers while they rebuild their lives following the devastation caused by disasters. When FEMA learned about concerns about formaldehyde, it took steps to inform occupants about proper ventilation, facilitated the exchange of trailers, provided alternate forms of housing when requested and available and initiated air monitoring and sampling plans. The agency implemented a practice of investigating complaints about formaldehyde levels; sending a housing staff employee to visit with the occupants of the units to discuss ventilation of the unit. If the unit had an obvious formaldehyde odor or the occupants were experiencing physical discomfort while in the unit, FEMA offered to replace the unit with a different unit that had reduced levels of formaldehyde emissions.
- Has FEMA changed any policies with regard to acceptable formaldehyde levels in travel trailers since Gulf Coast residents started complaining about exposure?
- How many complaints has FEMA received about potential formaldehyde emissions in travel trailers to date?
- Has FEMA replaced any trailers as a result of complaints about formaldehyde in travel trailers?