Doctors: FEMA Trailer Kids May Have Health Woes

May 28, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: ClipSyndicate

Doctors fear tens of thousands of people, especially children, who lived in FEMA trailers after Hurricane Katrina could have lifelong health problems due to high levels of formaldehyde.

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JTR

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McCain McBush wrote:
Bush/McCain-style Republicans...
...WAITED ABOUT FOUR DAYS TO REACT TO HURRICANE KATRINA. On the day Katrina came ashore, Bush was sharing CAKE with John McCain at a FUNDRAISING EVENT (see the picture at http://www.newsweek.com/id/133551 )
While people were still clinging to rooftops, do you remember Bush saying,
...“Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job”?
... have spent OVER FIVE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS IN IRAQ, and accomplished very little (except killing thousands and generally make a huge mess with no end in sight). Oh, and Bin Laden was IN AFGHANISTAN and is apparently STILL RUNNING AROUND LOOSE. Spending BILLIONS and BILLIONS while allowing giant tax loopholes to the richest Americans and huge corporations has destroyed the value of the dollar, RAISING THE COST OF EVERYTHING.
...set up a system for TORTURING SUSPECTED TERRORISTS, then LIED and said that we don’t torture.
...FAILED to provide proper armor for tanks used by our service men and women in Iraq.
...MIS-MANAGED the Veterans’ Administration hospitals, providing substandard treatment to our soldiers. Veterans are being treated terribly by the Republicans. Please see: http://vetsforjustice.com/
Had enough? I hope you’ll vote for ANYONE BESIDES McCAIN, and contribute whatever you can to stop the Republicans. www.democrats.org www.barackobama.com
Please tell me, since the founding of our country, when has the federal government taken full responsibility for a natural disaster? The answer, until Katrina, is never. Every natural disaster that has hit the US, including Andrew in Florida, has been overcome by the people who live there, without the Federal government picking up the entire bill. The difference in Katrina is that the majority population affected was black. Therefore, it is our responsibility to take away any sense of personal accountability and pay for everything. In Florida and in California, all natural disasters were met with a local population that did not rely on the federal government to pay for everything. The residents realized that it was their responsibility to start over, and they did.

We have never spent so much money on a natural disaster, and we are continuing to pay for it. Please tell me why? I have no sympathy for the people, after many years, who have not found a job and who have not moved out of the government provided housing. It is not the public's responsibility to keep paying these people.

Two months after the hurricane, I volunteered my time to conduct environmental reviews in NO for a few weeks. You could not travel anywhere in the city without seeing "Help Wanted" signs. The signs were everywhere. But, there was no one applying for the jobs. At the same time, there were many areas that I could not travel without the police or National Guard members because the volunteers were being robbed. Do you see the difference?

The city was in desperate need of workers, but the local population left town to live off of their FEMA checks. How on God's green earth can you have sympathy for the people who refused to work (paying jobs) and rebuild their city. The same people are still living off the FEMA checks.

There was a time in this country when you didn't work, you didn't eat. We need to return to those times. The only people that should receive any public assistance are the elderly and the physically disabled. Anyone who doesn't meet this criteria and receives a check from the government will never receive my sympathy or respect.

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Driggs are you serious?! I don't think this has anything to do with law suits, it has to do with rite and wrong and a family of say 6 should not have to live in a two bedroom trailer, and yes this is happening, Dateline. Also a lot of these children were healthy before they moved into the FEMA trailers! So what do you think should happen, let them suffer due to our lovely governments screw ups?! No body in this country deserves to live like that, with or without haveing gone through a disaster. If the United States doesn't wake up we will quickly find ourselves a third world country, and since we are busy helping everyone elses people around the world, the Americans are going to be out on the streets, unemployed, and hungry, not to mention all the other things that comes with being a thirld world country. So i would ask you to please think about your view here, even though it may just seem like FEMA issues, it in my eyes goes way beyond this issue at hand. Our country needs change and in a hurry.
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How long ago was Catrina?
These people still living on my dime.
These trailers were set up to be temp?
This must be the reason perpetuating "poor trailer Trash"
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JTR wrote:
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Please tell me, what did the local democratic governor and mayor do while Bush waited?
They did everything they possibly could with the limited resources available. The scale of the disaster demanded military assistance.

Obviously.

24 hours after the flood, FEMA was contacted by a large group of Floridians who wanted to take their fanboats in and pull people off roofs. They needed FEMA permission to go in. Fema never responded, in spite of days of request after request after request.

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May 28, 2008
 
Formaldehyde is heavier than air and I'm pretty sure these kids were sleeping on the floor where the gas would be most concentrated.
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Please tell me, blah blah sickening racist rant going on and on and on and on........
Your little racist rant is deceptive on so many levels I hardly know where to start.

My first point is that the victims of Katrina were not all black from New Orelans. There were many poor whites who were displaced also, in small towns along the Gulf Coast. My second point was that this was the largest diaster to hit the US sice Brownsville in 1913 or thereabout.

The scale of the disaster overwhelmed the state resources.

Clinton had left FEMA a smoothly running machine with a professional disaster expert as a leader. Bush installed a crony, who was a disgraced horse association director (Brownie). The expectation among the American people was that FEMA would function as it did in Clinton's day. The murderous circus that FEMA imposed on the Katrina victims exposed the Bush administration for the corrupt incompetents they were. Trucks full of donated food and water idled outside the city for days while Fema denied there was a problem and Bush frolicked.

Most of the disaster victims had families to attend to and no way to reach the city to work. The city was a dangerously polluted pubblic health disaster with no clean food water or medical care. I would not have taken my family back there simply because there were jobs available. Another factor in New Orleans is the widespread refusal by insurance companies to pay out for their customers.

It's interesting to note your obsession with race. Louisiana was Democratic largely because of the poor black residents of New Orleans. By refusing to continue repairing the levies when he came into office, Bush gauranteed that the lower 9th ward would flood. This would drive out the Democrats and turn Louisiana red. BTW, the 9th ward was black because it was the most flood prone part of the city.

It has not escaped my attention that Mississipi, governed by former RNC head and lobbyist Haley Barbour, had no problems getting federal assistance and insurance money to rebuild.

Your cruel comments about the Katrina victims who are still unable to find housing and employment simply reflect the alternate universe all GOP fanatics choose to live in. That is why the GOP will become a regional white power party at the end of this cycle and slowly wither away.

The historical record will show that black New Orleans was set up for disaster by the Bush administration in pursuit of a permanent GOP majority. And that people were left to die in pursuit of that goal. Try your hardest to rewrite history, but the GOP will be remembered for murdering American citizens, men, women, children, old, young, healthy and disabled, in the corrupt pursuit of power. Rewriting history and propagating racist fantasies won't change a thing. We remember. We watched it on CNN.
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In Real Time wrote:
Formaldehyde is heavier than air and I'm pretty sure these kids were sleeping on the floor where the gas would be most concentrated.
I'm 5'5" and I suffer respiratory collapse (suffocation) simply walking around the house. These people have been living in 17' travel traitors! Formaldehyde may be heavier than air, but over time in a house, let alone a 17' travel trailer, believe me, it permeates unless a system is in place to bring in outside air.

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So, is this just about the FEMA trailer trash, or all the trailer trash? All trailers have this problem....

JTR

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American Voter wrote:
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They did everything they possibly could with the limited resources available. The scale of the disaster demanded military assistance.
Obviously.
24 hours after the flood, FEMA was contacted by a large group of Floridians who wanted to take their fanboats in and pull people off roofs. They needed FEMA permission to go in. Fema never responded, in spite of days of request after request after request.
To correct you, the Governor controls the National Guard. Thus, she could have sent them in at any time. We knew 24 hours before the hurricane landed that it was probably going to hit NO. Did the governor have troops ready, emergency aid ready? It appears not. The Mayor did not use all the City's resources to get people out beforehand...why not? FEMA can not respond until it get's a request from the Governor. The Governor knew it was coming and did not send in a request until the day after. Do you expect FEMA to be able to assist an entire city the size of NO within a few hours? I believe you are underestimating the actual size of the response.

I also disagree with your staement about needing permission from FEMA. Actually, it is absurb. I personnaly know people (my neighbor) who was there within 12 hours of the levee breaking with his boat. He drove straight there and unloaded right on the side of the highway. No one, as far as I know, was turned away who had a boat.
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They should just be thankful that they had roofs over their heads.

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Oh, and nothing says "douchbag" more than the Katrina "victims" that decided to stay during the storm...

Thinning the herd.... Darwin would be proud...

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You neocons make me sick.
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judy wrote:
well formaldehyde does hurt some People My Sister and Dad bought one and the seller's or manufacturers put a notice inside regarding possible ill effects of formaldehyde. there are plants that help keep the effects less problematic however i do not remember the names of those plants. God Bless The Children and Others ill effected .
Well all I can say is that I live in a mobile home that does have the formaldehyde warning and I have never had so many health problems in my entire life ! Many people near me in the mobile home park have already died from cancer , I feel very sorry for the young children who now have health problems because of formaldehyde , I feel sometimes like this maybe my last day in this world !

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DRIGGS wrote:
THOUSANS IF NOT MILLIONS OF FOLKS AROUND THIS COUNTRY GREW UP IN OR LIVED IN MOBILE HOMES CONTAING formaldahyde,i even use to sell them years ago ,after proper ventilation the smell disapates and in general doesnt bother a healthy person.i think this sue happy nation is just looking for some way to get paid for this misfortune.so they can sue fema or someone,they should thank god we live in a country where they were able to have adequate shelter,ill bet the ppl in myanmar would think what a bunch of ungrateful shits those ppl in lousiana are,they didnt have that luxury of shelter at all after their tragedy. but lets sue the gubment shamika we been discriminated against
These trailers are licensed as recreational trailers. The levels of formaldehyde are higher than other types of trailers.For you to understand all the implications of health risks, you should have listened to the Hearings on Capitol Hill on this subject, months ago. I find it appalling that nothing has been done considering the information that came out.
The Bush appointees were obviously embarrassed and ashamedat what has occurred. As the whole country should be for what happened and what is going to happen. Another stain on America.

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So, is this just about the FEMA trailer trash, or all the trailer trash? All trailers have this problem....
No they don't. All trailers have specifications based on the type of use.

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Your little racist rant is deceptive on so many levels I hardly know where to start.
Wow, where do I start? To begin, I never said I was a Bush fan. Actually, I believe he will go down in history as the worst President ever. But, your hatred of Bush is blinding you. FEMA appeared to be running smoothly under Clinton because FEMA was operating as it was designed...to give temporary assistance in the event of a disaster. It was never intended to be used as the Housing Authority. Yes, supply trucks were left stranded because the NO and State government fully expected people from Washington to come down, learn the area, decide where the best shelters would be located, and then tell the rescuers where to take the people. Don't you believe that the local government would know more about local resources than the Feds? But, people like you expect our Federal government to play the role of superman and provide instant relief. You can not rescue a large city overnight. My question is, why didn't the Governor or the Mayor have a plan when they knew the hurricane would hit?
You may call me a racist, but I am only pointing out the obvious. And, do you really believe, that Bush made a decision long before the hurricane to purposely neglect a levee, knowing that a hurricane would one day wipe it out? This is foolish. The Corps of Engineers is in charge of the levees and the Congress grants them the money to do the work. The President does not waste his time reading levee studies. Thus, blaming Bush for the levee breaking is like blaming the Pope if a cathedral burns down do to bad wiring. It makes absolutely no sense.To even think that this was a well planned attempt to turn a city into a different political party is one of the most absurb theories I have ever heard. Look who the largest minority population to grow in NO since the hurricane...hispanics. They had no problem leaving their families behind to help rebuild. Are you saying that black family unification is more important than hispanic families? That's a very racist notion. Besides, don't hispanics favor the democrats?
The 9th ward was a flood hazard and therefore, the property values are less expensive. Less expensive property values equal poorer residents. Simple economics. Are you telling me that we should make it mandatory to provide upscale housing for the poor? I say no. Why, because I get up every morning and bust my behind to make a good living and live in a wealthy neighborhood. For those people who don't, they have no business receiving the same lifestyle that people like me have worked our entire lives to afford. If the opposite were the norm, what incentive would anyone have to work harder. I have no sympathy for people who do not work to improve themselves. But, I do believe that the elderly and the physically handicapped should be taken care of. Everyone else reeps what they sow.
The people of Mississippi and Texas are now better off because they took it upon themselves to start the rebuilding process without sitting on their behinds and waiting for the Feds to do it for them. They did not rceive more money, they put there money to better use. Why don't you call the Mayor and find out why millions of dollars have not been used for rebuilding? Since local services have been restored, why not ask the people still living off of FEMA checks why haven't they returned to help rebuild? Why not ask them why they have not found a job after many years?
Your problem is that you are so wrapped up in political conspiracies to actually believe in personal accountability. Instead of holding the government responsible for our well being, why not hold an individual responsible for his well being?

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Thomas wrote:
<quoted text>Well all I can say is that I live in a mobile home that does have the formaldehyde warning and I have never had so many health problems in my entire life ! Many people near me in the mobile home park have already died from cancer , I feel very sorry for the young children who now have health problems because of formaldehyde , I feel sometimes like this maybe my last day in this world !
Simple question...why not move into an apartment or rent a house?
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Oh, and nothing says "douchbag" more than the Katrina "victims" that decided to stay during the storm...
Thinning the herd.... Darwin would be proud...
Those who didn't have the resources to leave were simply left behind. It wasn't a choice.

Darwin's theory was that random mutations occured constantly and those which favored the survival of a species eventually would become a standard trait of the species. It has nothing to do with thinning the herd. Social Darwinism is a perversion of the theory invented as a rationale for the eugenicists of the 1930's, who were mostly wealthy industrialist dreaming of the perfect servant or something.

Learn somethiong, why don't you?
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i am gonna cry look at the picture on the top of thepage it loojks like me when i was little

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susie08 wrote:
oh boy fema thinks they are struggling now wait until the lawsuits come in
Lawsuits for what? A free trailer. Beggers can't be choosers son.

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