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You may not be able to predict crime, but that isn't necessarily true for natural disasters. In recent years, there has been an unprecedented number of hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes, and in 2017, the U.S. experienced record rainfall during Tropical Storm Harvey. Sometimes, what makes these disasters so dangerous — and deadly — is the lack of preparation and poorly designed infrastructure.
Before you buy a house, or if you're thinking about home improvement projects you'd like to tackle, it's important to know which natural disasters are common in your area. Even if you can't predict the exact moments these storms might hit, the right kind of preparation can be the difference between life and death.
With your safety in mind, this interactive map allows you to explore the history of natural disasters in any part of the country.
Our tool utilizes 65 years of data, so simply input your ZIP code and you'll see the likelihood of every type of storm or natural disaster ranging from hurricanes and earthquakes to wildfires and tornadoes.
The map identifies the total disaster count for the area in addition to a national average comparison so that you can know how to better prepare your family and home.
You can explore the map on your own or read on for a few standout findings from key states where disasters have struck in recent years.
In Texas, there have been 3,842 natural disasters since 1964. The most commonly occurring emergency situations have involved hurricanes (1,151), fires (1,120), and severe storms (758) — nearly four times the national average.
Further west, California experienced 1,028 natural disasters in the same period. While still above the national average, the biggest concerns in California are fires (274) and severe storms (257). In 2017, there were nearly 9,000 wildfires in California, which burned through 1.2 million acres of land.
In the Northeast, there have been 1,221 natural disasters in New York since 1964. While snow presents a major hazard during the winter months and accounts for 221 total disasters, severe storms (350) are a more pressing worry.
This information is provided for general informational purposes only and should not be relied on in making any buying decisions. Natural disaster information provided by FEMA. Copyright © 2019 FEMA. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
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