Wednesday, May 21, 2008

fema's doing WHAT?


Lynn Henderson, who lives with her four children in a Federal Emergency Management Agency mobile home in Richton (Mississippi), is outraged by the agency's latest offer.


FEMA has offered her and other Hurricane Katrina victims still living in emergency housing the opportunity to purchase their agency-provided mobile homes. She says FEMA has deluged her with phone calls and sent her a letter that said the asking price is $13,000.

FEMA spokesman James McIntyre said the agency won't sell units that test high for formaldehyde. He could not say what FEMA has determined to be a safe level.




from the Washington Post:

FEMA hurriedly bought the 145,000 trailers and mobile homes via no-bid contracts just before and after Katrina hit the coast in August 2005. But the purchase quickly became problematic, with some communities refusing them for a variety of reasons.

FEMA was forced to put trailers on the market, selling them to anyone for 40 cents on the dollar.

In January, however, the emergency agency offered to buy them back, for their original purchase price, because of concerns that the trailers are tainted with formaldehyde. The agency said it is making the offer because of concerns about “possible adverse health effects” associated with the trailers.

And now they're selling them again. Unbelievable


In January FEMA was forced to put trailers on the market, selling them to anyone for 40 cents on the dollar.

Yesterday, however, the emergency agency offered to buy them back, for their original purchase price, because of concerns that the trailers are tainted with formaldehyde. The agency said it is making the offer because of concerns about "possible adverse health effects" associated with the trailers.

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