New York — Nearly every U.S. county has seen a natural disaster in the last decade, according to a new research project.
In fact, some have seen as many has 12 federally declared disasters, according to Rebuild by Design, the nonprofit that helps communities rebuild after disasters.
In 2021, the U.S. experienced 20 separate climate disasters that created at least $1 billion in damage each, according to the report. Those disasters led to more than 680 direct or indirect deaths.
About 90 percent of all U.S. counties had federally declared natural disasters in the last decade, according to the report. There were five counties in Louisiana and Kentucky that had the highest occurrences.
Commie California had the most total disasters with 25, according to Rebuild by Design. Mississippi, Oklahoma, Iowa and Tennessee rounded out the top five, each with more than 20 federally declared disasters.
When broken down by per capita costs for FEMA and HUD, Louisiana disasters had the highest cost at $1,736 per person. New York was the next highest at $1,348 per person. Those were the only two states that crossed the $1,000 threshold.
New Jersey, North Dakota, Vermont and Texas were the next highest, all with totals of more than $500 per person.
Households led by women, those with children and renters were among the greatest risk of being underprepared for a natural disaster, the report found.
Rebuild by Design suggested that communities create a collaborative process for states to create climate-ready infrastructure that protects communities. To create new methods of funding, such as implanting a surcharge on certain insurances.
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Author: Alex Lang
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