The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Feb. 22 agreed to requests from hurricane victims to test government-provided housing for dangerous levels of formaldehyde. FEMA has contracted with Bureau Veritas to test 200 travel trailers and mobile homes each week. The first tests began this week.
Testing in Louisiana trailers found elevated levels of formaldehyde (some up to five times higher than normal). Since the findings were announced on Feb. 14, FEMA said 334 occupants have requested testing - and their trailers will be tested first.
About 38,000 FEMA trailers and mobile homes still house hurricane victims in Mississippi and Louisiana. Residents of FEMA emergency housing in New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, New Mexico, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Minnesota will also be eligible for the test.
If you want your unit tested, call FEMA's Formaldehyde Call Center at 1-866-562-2381.