Don’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.
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.