Concerned about the threat of major mudslides in Oso, Washington, officials considered buying out property owners. But homebuilding was allowed to continue, raising questions of liability.
It was raining again in Colorado Sunday, adding to flooding and making search and rescue operations difficult. Federal teams have joined state and local efforts, and FEMA administrator Craig Fugate goes to Colorado Monday.
The American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and United Way are among organizations accepting donations to help those affected by tornadoes in Moore, Okla., and nearby areas.
Sandy reopened a debate over government response to disasters. But FEMA and states know their roles pretty well by now – compassion in a crisis is best directed locally, with FEMA as backup.