Before homes are built in whatever jurisdiction is someone responsible for screening these home sites for potential catastrophic geologic failure such as the Oso slide? Since 1949, federal, state and county studies warned of this type of incident at or near Oso, and yet permits were issued and homes built.
One (former) homeowner remarked on TV on Friday that they built specifically where they did because it was not in a flood plain, away from the river, and therefore safe. Their home is now gone.
Someone did not do their job. I hope difficult lessons such as this are not lessons which will be ultimately wasted, building permits continued to be issued, and once again, lives and property put at risk.