06 Mar '12, 11pm

Gimme bomb shelter: FEMA pushes for disaster-proof green buildings via @grist

Gimme bomb shelter: FEMA pushes for disaster-proof green buildings via @grist

When people say, “Call the National Guard,” they really mean Craig Fugate. As head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), he’s the guy who swoops in after a tornado or flood to clean up the mess with executive muscle and a pool of cash from the federal treasury. So perhaps it’s no great surprise that he supports efforts to create buildings that are essentially apocalypse-proof: For this guy, every day is another disaster. Of course, there’s also the fact that FEMA has actually been working on credit. “I owe you a lot of money from the National Flood Insurance Program — about $18 billion,” Fugate told a group at the National Press Club last week. “Those are payouts from 2005 hurricane season.” You may remember that season for its unruly offspring: Dennis , Emily , Katrina , Rita , and Wilma . And climate scientists tell us there are many more to come. “We cannot...

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