Natural disasters

How much disaster risk do you face where you live, compared with people in other states? Hover your cursor over any state to see the relative risk levels of earthquakes, wildfires, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and blizzards, based on the color chart along the bottom. Then, down below, see how your state ranks for major disaster declarations issued over the past 60 years.


State risk-level assessments are derived from recent disaster histories. Sources: National Climatic Data Center wildfire, tornado, flood and blizzard data (2000-Sept. 2012); National Hurricane Center hurricane data (2000-2012); U.S. Geological Survey earthquake data (1974-2003).

Major disaster declarations

Check out the state totals for major declarations of natural and other disasters from 1953 through April 2013. Rankings are from highest to lowest.

National total: 1,996

Major disaster declarations by state since 1953

Rank State Total declarations
27 South Dakota 39
28 Alaska 38
29 Georgia 36
30 Wisconsin 36
31 New Jersey 35
32 Vermont 34
33 New Hampshire 31
34 Massachusetts 29
35 Oregon 28
36 Hawaii 26
37 Michigan 25
38 New Mexico 25
39 Maryland 24
40 Arizona 23
41 Idaho 23
42 Montana 21
43 Connecticut 19
44 Colorado 17
45 Nevada 17
46 Delaware 15
47 South Carolina 15
48 District of Columbia (DC) 13
49 Rhode Island 11
50 Utah 11
51 Wyoming 9
Rank State Total declarations
1 Texas 86
2 California 78
3 Oklahoma 73
4 New York 67
5 Florida 65
6 Louisiana 60
7 Alabama 57
8 Kentucky 56
9 Arkansas 54
10 Missouri 53
11 Mississippi 52
12 Illinois 51
13 Tennessee 51
14 West Virginia 50
15 Kansas 49
16 Minnesota 49
17 Iowa 48
18 Pennsylvania 48
19 Nebraska 47
20 Ohio 47
21 Virginia 47
22 Washington 46
23 North Dakota 42
24 Indiana 40
25 Maine 40
26 North Carolina 40

Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Types of natural disasters

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