US Federal Disaster Relief Funds Wasted By Short-Termism

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US Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) public assistance program has provided at least $81 billion to state, territorial and local governments in response to disasters declared since 1992. But an examination of projects across the country’s ever-expanding flood zones reveals that decisions to rebuild in place, often made seemingly in defiance of climate change, have at times left structures just as defenseless against the next storm.

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