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FEMA Chief Calls for Changing Attitudes on Storms

  • Says weak building codes, lack of insurance make damage worse
  • Acting agency head speaks five weeks before hurricane season
Peter Gaynor
Peter GaynorPhotographer: Melissa Lyttle/Bloomberg
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Americans must assume more responsibility for protecting themselves from the rising toll of natural disasters, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency warned.

“Most people think, ‘I see it on TV, it’ll never happen to me -- I’m not going to make the time or investment,”’ Pete Gaynor, the acting FEMA administrator, said in an interview at his office at FEMA’s Washington headquarters. “We haven’t solved the problem in a significant way.”