"The enclosed report provides FEMA's recommendations for the development of a national strategy for reducing costs, loss of life, and injuries associated with extreme disaster events in vulnerable areas of the United States. Development of a national strategy presents an opportunity to engage all sectors of society in a national dialogue and to set the stage for both short-term and long-term actions to measurably enhance national resilience. […] Damages from natural disasters have increased in recent decades, and this trend will likely continue as more people choose to live in areas vulnerable to more-frequent and severe extreme weather events. Meanwhile, these extreme events undermine and overburden our critical infrastructure, forcing both the public and private sectors to address the increased risks and ever-increasing financial and social costs. This has left local communities vulnerable and, in some cases, overwhelmed. Experts agree that we will continue to see increased costs associated with these events if we do not take substantive action to increase resilience in order to reduce losses and enhance life and property safety. The goal of a national strategy for reducing costs, loss of life, and injuries should be to create a road map for future investments in order to build a safer, more-resilient nation and to lessen disaster response and recovery costs, injury, and loss of life. Decreasing the costs of disasters and increasing resilience is a shared responsibility that transcends the Federal Government and is affected by the choices of citizens, businesses, communities, and governments at all levels."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov/