With the addition of our new online Disaster and Emergency Management Degree this fall, we got to thinking: What is the best place to live to avoid natural disasters? The worst?
It turns out, we weren’t the only ones asking those questions. The analysis below, by Sperling’s Best Places, a publisher of city rankings, is an attempt to assess a combination of weather and earthquake risks in 379 American metro areas. Risks for twisters and hurricanes (including storms from hurricane remnants) are based on historical data showing where storms occurred. Earthquake risks are based on United States Geological Survey assessments and take into account the relative infrequency of quakes, compared with weather events and floods. Additional hazards included in this analysis: flooding, drought, hail and other extreme weather.
Weather disasters cost our country $110 billion dollars in 2012. We are excited to begin training people across the country in how to best serve and assist people who have been affected by natural disasters.