ANN McFEATTERS: U.S. ignores disasters' wake-up call

May 26, 2013
by Ann McFeatters
Scripps Howard News Service/The Gleaner


As the nation grapples with one costly natural disaster after another, Washington’s politicians systematically have been cutting funds for disaster preparedness.

Even as the nation laments the deaths of children in Oklahoma’s tornado alley, where two schools hit in devastated Moore could not afford safe rooms at a per-room cost of $1.4 million, national money appropriated for prevention, protection, response and recovery has been smaller every year since 2010.



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