R. Reese Fuller

FEMA's new trailers are tricked out?

by R. Reese Fuller

FEMA unveiled new mobile homes for citizens who are victims of natural disasters, and the Associated Press declares in its headline: “FEMA tricks out new trailers for next disaster.” Uh, are there spinners on the wheels of the mobile home? Nope. Instead:
They're clean, shutterless and decorated with a rainbow of beige hues. They're mobile homes built for future disaster victims and, so far, have safe levels of formaldehyde.

Oh, so there's not so much formaldehyde that it will make you sick or kill you? (Apparently no one is certain of this, so some students are going to live in them for the next six to 12 months to test them out.)

I don't think that's proper use of the phrase “tricked out.” A better headline might have been “FEMA presents new mobile homes, now with less suspected formaldehyde.”

Nearly four years after hurricanes Rita and Katrina, FEMA estimates there are still 2,570 FEMA trailers and mobile homes in use in Louisiana, with an additional 1,500 in Mississippi.