FEMA trailers are in the news again. Turns out they're not fit for human habitation. Problem is we've known it all along.
A scathing article on Salon.com sheds light on the toxic conditions and details the efforts of the United States government to cover it up.
Meanwhile, better than two years on, over 30,000 hurricane victims still call FEMA trailers home.
Certain carpets, plastic laminates, and adhesives out-gas formaldehyde. Put those materials in a closed container (FEMA trailers have little or no natural ventilation) and you've got the prescription for a deathtrap.
Why do we tolerate this? What kind of country are we?
For the cost of a day in Iraq, we could fund a research and development arm of FEMA hiring the best planners, architects, and industrial designers in the country to intelligently and humanely deal with the challenge of emergency housing and delivery logistics.
That's a priority I can vote for.
ps... for the local Mississippi Gulf Coast "scoop" on Katrina issues (FEMA trailers, insurance, lack of affordable housing, etc.) check out my friend Ana Maria's Bay St. Louis blog - its hot!!!