FEMA to continue trailer distribution in Arkansas and Tennessee - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

FEMA to continue trailer distribution in Arkansas and Tennessee

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide mobile homes to victims of last week's tornadoes in Arkansas and Tennessee, despite a health warning about high formaldehyde levels in trailers used by the victims of the 2005 hurricanes.

A FEMA spokesman said the agency would begin the process to vet the mobile homes parked at the airport in Hope, Arkansas, before releasing them to the Arkansas and Tennessee victims of last week's storms. Spokesman James McIntyre said FEMA will have processes in place to ensure safety.

He said the agency would be releasing more information about what those steps would be during a news conference in Louisiana later today.

Tennessee state officials estimate the tornadoes destroyed 517 homes and 61 mobile homes. Estimates in Arkansas suggest about 300 homes were destroyed.

McIntyre said the agency has 5,650 mobile homes available for use at the Hope airport. He said 300 of them are ready for immediate deployment.

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