Recently the data-crunchers over at looked at 30-years worth of data on six major types of disaster (earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, wildfires, and floods) to come up with a pretty comprehensive disaster index for all counties in the United States.  Their conclusion;  while you cannot escape the risk for natural disaster there are areas that are more prone for a perfect storm of instances of multiple disasters.  The graphic below illustrates the top 20 U.S. counties with the highest risk while the report itself is quite extensive and worth a look.

“In the South, recent catastrophic floods in Louisiana claimed 13 lives and cost $8.7 billion in damages. On the West Coast, major earthquakes rattle the ground with startling regularity—and threaten to do much more. In the Midwest, tornadoes frequently sweep through farmland and communities alike. And every year, hurricanes barrel through the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.”

natural disaster chart

Click here to read the full report on