Some states require local governments to consider potential disasters as part of land-use planning efforts. University of North Carolina researchers found such requirements lead to lower insured losses in those communities.But, Tierney says, "The actual situation in most states and communities right now is that land-use planners and planning departments don't talk much to emergency management departments or experts in disaster-loss reduction. Even if they did there may not be political will in a lot of communities to put these measures in place."
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