Living Ready put together this handy infographic on disaster statistics using data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Find more disaster statistics by year here and by state/territory here.
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There are few items of note to consider in these disaster statistics. The first is that disasters are on the rise. It’s not just your imagination. In fact, 2011 was the worst year for federally declared disasters, with a total of 242.
Also notice that the disaster statistics begin in 1953. There were disasters prior to that year, but the president couldn’t declare disasters as it happens now until the Stafford Act in 1953.
There are three different kinds of disasters that could be declared: major, emergency and fire management assistance (prior to 2003 the latter was called “Fire Suppression Authorizations”). The disaster statistics above take into account all three.
Unsurprisingly, disasters from storms and the related fallout ranked at the top of disaster declarations.
Texas, California, Oklahoma, Florida and Washington ranked as the worst states for disasters, respectively.
The disaster statistics show that Delaware, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Wyoming and Maryland are the best, in that order. This means they were the states with the fewest disasters.
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