Republican challenger Mitt Romney drew criticism as Hurricane Sandy struck the mainland for his primary-season assertion that the U.S. "cannot afford" federal disaster-relief programs. Analysts note that vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan's budget plan might have a negative effect on U.S. disaster preparedness, but that Romney and President Barack Obama actually have essentially the same approach to disaster management. "There likely won't be much change to FEMA no matter who wins the election," writes Fawn Johnson.

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