US Disaster Statistics

Natural Disaster Map by Region

Natural Disaster Map Legend

US Disaster Statistics

The map above displays information about the types of the natural disasters prone to the different regions in the United States.

According to GRID-Arendal, an official United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), growing population and infrastructures the world’s exposure to natural hazards is inevitably increasing.

This is particularly true as the strongest population growth is located in coastal areas (with greater exposure to floods, cyclones and tidal waves). To make matters worse any land remaining available for urban growth is generally risk-prone, for instance flood plains or steep slopes subject to landslides.

This page contains what US Disaster Statistics information that I have found. I am always on the lookout for more statistics to share with my visitors, so if you have found other good resources, please share them with me, so I can share with others.

NOAA Fatality, Injury & Damage Chart

NOAA Fatality, Injury & Damage Statistics

The U.S. Natural Hazard Statistics provide statistical information on fatalities,
injuries and damages caused by weather related hazards. These statistics are compiled by the Office of Services and the National Climatic Data Center from information contained in Storm Data, a report comprising data from NWS forecast offices in the 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.

Its interesting to note that top three disaster related events were floods, hurricanes and heat, with Heat being #1.

2005 US Disaster Statistics

The statistics in this graphic reveal an exponential increase in disasters (Trends in natural disasters, 2005).

Trends in Natural Disasters

Natural Disasters from 1980 - 2008

Below you will find data pertaining to human and economic losses from disasters that have occurred between 1980 and 2008.

Overview of 1980 - 2008

Number of events:

601

Number of people killed:

12,030

Average killed per year:

415

Number of people affected:

24,482,933

Average affected per year:

844,239

Economic Damage (US$ X 1,000):

483,481,510

Economic Damage per year (US$ X 1,000):

16,671,776

Natural Disaster Occurrences

Natural Disaster Occurrences

Average Disaster Per Year

Drought: 0.28
Earthquake*: 0.79
Epidemic: 0.17
Extreme temp: 0.66
Flood: 4.24
Insect infestation: ...
Mass mov. dry: ...
Mass mov. wet: 0.07
Volcano: 0.07
Storm: 12.69
Wildfire: 1.76

Top 10 Natural Disasters Reported

People Affected

Disaster Type Date Affected
Flood 2008 11,000,000
Storm 2004 5,000,000
Storm 1999 3,000,010
Storm 2008 2,100,000
Storm 1985 1,000,000
Wildfire 2007 640,064
Storm 2005 500,000
Epidemic 1993 403,000
Storm 2005 300,000
Storm 1992 250,055

Percentage of People Affect or Killed by Disaster Type

Percentage of People Affected by Disaster Type

Percentage of Deaths Per Disaster Type

People Killed

Disaster Type
Date
Killed
Storm
2005
1,833
Extreme temp.
1980
1,260
Extreme temp.
1995
670
Storm
1984
600
Storm
1984
328
Storm
1982
270
Storm
1993
270
Extreme temp.
1999
257
Epidemic
2002
214
Extreme temp.
1983
188

Economic Damages

Disaster Type
Date
Cost
Storm
2005
125,000,000
Earthquake*
1994
30,000,000
Storm
2008
30,000,000
Storm
1992
26,500,000
Storm
2004
18,000,000
Storm
2004
16,000,000
Storm
2005
16,000,000
Storm
2005
14,300,000
Flood
1993
12,000,000
Storm
2004
11,000,000

Statistics Per Event

People Killed

Drought: ...
Earthquake*: 6.30
Epidemic: 63.40
Extreme temp: 165.53
Flood: 6.39
Insect infestation: ...
Mass mov. dry: ...
Mass mov. wet: 7.50
Volcano: 45.00
Storm: 20.19
Wildfire: 1.98

Affected People

Drought: ...
Earthquake*: 3,058.04
Epidemic: 81,340.60
Extreme temp: 1.63
Flood: 8,647.34
Insect infestation: ...
Mass mov. dry: ...
Mass mov. wet: 70.00
Volcano: 1,250.00
Storm: 60,202.11
Wildfire: 15,396.53

Economic Damages

Drought: 854,375.00
Earthquake*: 1,678,294.35
Epidemic: ...
Extreme temp: 477,105.26
Flood: 276,756.34
Insect infestation: ...
Mass mov. dry: ...
Mass mov. wet: ...
Volcano: 430,000.00
Storm: 1,034,797.58
Wildfire: 260,278.43

US Disaster Statistics Sources

Trends in natural disasters. (2005). In UNEP/GRID-Arendal Maps and Graphics Library. Retrieved 05:15, May 11, 2011 from http://maps.grida.no/go/graphic/trends-in-natural-disasters

Insurance Center Associates
http://www.inscenter.com/info-center/disaster-planning/risk-profile

Prevention Web
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/countries/statistics/index.php?cid=185


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