I heard there were issues with VOCs outgassing in some of the FEMA trailers. I guess they were made of MDF and similar materials with a lot of resin binders.
That FEMA trailer I posted the pics of is like 27 or 28 feet long. It was by no means a mansion but everything worked. The heat, AC, sewer hookups, and all were all good. I thought it seemed like a good deal for $1500. I wonder how much of the VOC was left to outgas after 12 years. Most of it was probably gone. I am sure they require maintenance like anything but I am not real familiar with them. I know boats are basically a hole in the water in which you throw money. Mobile homes (house trailers) also seem to require more maintenance as well.
When I showed up to New Orleans, the only operating portions of the city were the older areas like downtown and the French Quarter. I didn’t bring any nice clothing because I knew I would be working in the dirt and a mess. We landed at the airport and the first work location was between the airport and the hotel. Then we head to the hotel and show up all grubby in this beautiful historic hotel in downtown. We apologized to the people there and they didn’t really care after all they had been through with the storm.
Then FEMA located some evacuees in this hotel. Yes, they were bad news. I stayed in my room but complained to the management about the neighbors cussing, fighting, having sex, and smoking all night. They had heard numerous complaints and the people were gone the next night. These people were basically animals and would have surely trashed the place if allowed to stay long at all. I can totally imagine some of the FEMA trailers being worth only scrap after a short while with these types using them. I am sure this was one reason they were made cheaply from the start as the government figured they would be disposable.
Remember that I work on computers. I rarely see a trashed Apple but the ones from Wal-Mart are commonly filthy with cigarette smoke, pxxx, cockroaches, and who knows what else??? I always say “I don’t know what is worse: A computer from Wal-Mart or a person who buys a computer from Wal-Mart.” There is a saying like “poor people have poor ways” and this is a reflection of that. I know I am in trouble when someone says “It is a good computer. It came from Wal-Mart.” That is a sign to RUN from this potential customer. Gaming consoles are the worst. I rarely see one that isn’t just absolutely filthy where I do come across “pristine” Wal-Mart computers from time to time.
Then remember that I almost always have the majority of my problems with people right after the government benefits are distributed each month. The things they try to pull definitely don’t make me sympathetic to their plight. The situation in Texas definitely seems to be more under control than after Katrina even though it is still really bad. There is looting of course but people in Texas seem to handle it in the Texas way. I saw a news story where people had junk doors and appliances sitting outside spray painted with messages about how people who loot will be shot. Unfortunately this is what it takes to keep some people in line.