Infographic: FEMA Disaster Statistics

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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Disaster Statistics Infographic

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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One thought on “Infographic: FEMA Disaster Statistics

  1. Utilitarian

    The statistics are interesting, but one needs to consider the increasingly dense populace, especially along our various waterfronts, the aged infrastructure, the poor quality of many of our structures, and the relative inability of people to deal with anything more serious than a hang nail on their own. Growing up in Alaska “disaster” was a way of life. Other than one particular earthquake interruptions to daily life were dealt with, usually without breaking stride. Preparedness was not a luxury. It is great to see at least a small percentage of the population recognize the need for some self reliance.