Should the federal government come up with a different hurricane response plan?

Posted Sept. 15, 2008, at 3:20 p.m.

Just hours after Hurricane Ike devastated the Texas coast and Houston, the Federal Emergency Management Agency was being criticized for its handling of the response. Should the federal government spend more money preparing for hurricanes? Should FEMA impose stricter guidelines on where houses can be built? Should mandatory evacuations have the force of law? What, if anything, was learned from the Hurricane Katrina disaster?

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