Do Feds Favor Cleaning Up Disasters Over Preventing Them?

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U.S. Forest Service firefighters drive to the front line in Waldo Canyon on the U.S. Air Force Academy in June 2012.

Federal policy often means it's easier to clean up after disasters than to prevent them, according to an investigation by reporter Elizabeth Shogren, who covers Washington for High Country News. She was an environment correspondent for NPR for 10 years. Her story, "Where FEMA Fails," starts in Manitou Springs, after the Waldo Canyon Fire of 2012, when the city wanted to prepare for flooding it thought would likely follow the fire. She collaborated with the New England Center for Investigative Reporting.

Shogren spoke with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner.