Disaster Declarations (coming to a county near you)

FEMA_logoDon’t misunderstand me.  I’m not a pessimist and I don’t foretell the future.  I was simply surprised to see the frequency of Major Disaster Declarations in the U.S. in 2009 as recorded by FEMA.  The list is mostly populated with severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding.  But it also includes fires, mudslides, and even ice jams in Alaska.

FEMA has supplied a fascinating map of the United States, showing all the presidential disaster declarations from 1964-2007.  It shows you the counties that have experienced the most disaster declarations and even breaks down the disasters by type for each of the 10 disaster regions.

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This map might make you think twice about where you live.  But hopefully it encourages us all to be a little more prepared for when that next disaster strikes.

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3 Comments

  1. Megan
    Posted October 28, 2009 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Great info! Sharing this with my dad. You’ve been busy here, I see.

  2. Posted August 31, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Interesting info. I’m into self sufficiency and chose to live where the greatest range of foods can be grown with ease with minimal temperature extremes and therefore reduced effort and expense heating and cooling. It surprises me that people will often try to be self sufficient where they live instead of looking at the big picture and simply moving to an area with a greater chance of success.
    In the same way people will live in the city and then try to prepare for disaster in that worst possible environment for survival – seems crazy to me and far better to just set up in a rural or wilderness environment and REALLY be prepared. This FEMA map could be handy reference for choosing a retreat with fewer potential disaster ahead!

  3. Posted November 11, 2011 at 9:29 am | Permalink

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