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Surviving the FEMA Aftermath

Surviving the FEMA Aftermath
02-21-2008

Author: Joseph Hagerman and Brian Doherty

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Two and a half years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit, the Center for Disease Control revealed that thousands of people continue to live in FEMA-provided shelters that expose them to levels of formaldehyde that are up to 40 times more than maximum permitted levels.

One person has died and many others have been injured by this prolonged exposure. This danger has been known for more than a year, yet people continue to live in these hazardous conditions. FEMA’s inability to meet emergency housing needs is a national scandal. Victims of the 2005 hurricanes have lived in cramped, unsafe housing for more than two years. 

Unfortunately, this debacle is part of a much larger problem. Read more here.

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IN THE NEWS:

Washington Post - EDITORIAL: Those FEMA Trailers
The Indianapolis Star  - Toxic  Katrina Trailers May Spur Tougher Building Codes

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