LeighSword, I don't believe we will ever conquer nature.
We will never be able to spend enough money to prevent everyone from the tragic effects of natural disasters. IMHO, nature is too fierce a beast to be tamed by mere mortals.
I don't think we gain much from pointing fingers at the government in these situations. Just be thankful they have means to lend relief and are generally determined to prevent a similar disaster from causing similar damage.