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FEMA announces new, safer trailers ready

Emergency Management Alert, May 19, 2009

After thousands of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mobile homes used to house homeless Hurricane Katrina victims were found to have high levels of formaldehyde, FEMA has built new trailers in preparation for future disasters with safe levels of the chemical, reports the AP.

Many residents living in the earlier 2005 models reported getting sick. Exposure to high levels of formaldehyde can cause breathing problems and is believed to cause cancer, according to the AP.

According to FEMA, 4,070 trailers are still being used by victims.

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