Comments for: Mitigating natural risks

Posted Sept. 02, 2011, at 6:55 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 03, 2011, at 12:45 a.m.

The federal government’s approach to emergency relief has long been to open its checkbook and pay whatever it took to get communities back on their feet. Agencies had budgets for disaster response, but nature defied prediction; overruns were the rule, not the exception. After Hurricane Irene flooded large swaths of …

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