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The State with the Least Natural Disasters

August 19, 2020

When people see devastating disasters like earthquakes and monsoons on the news, they might feel scared, disheartened, or sad. And though seeing such disasters may make them want to reach out and help people in need, they might have a harder time picturing it happening to them.

Unfortunately, most of the world faces the risk of some type of natural disaster. In America, certain parts of the country experience wildfires, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and more. But some states are more at risk for natural disasters than others. 

What Is a Natural Disaster?

Before we talk about the states with the most or least natural disasters, let’s define the term. A natural disaster is any type of extreme weather that creates a threat to humans. For example, natural disasters like avalanches, hurricanes, and floods can disrupt everyday life, cause harm to people, and destroy buildings and infrastructure. Some natural disasters are more likely to happen during a particular season, while others might occur when people least expect them.

States with the Least Natural Disasters

As we mentioned before, some states are more at risk for natural disasters than others. Michigan is considered to be the state with the least natural disasters, with a minor chance of earthquakes, tornadoes, or hurricanes. Any natural disasters that have happened there have usually been less intense than they might be in other states. Other states that have a low risk of natural disasters include:

  • Minnesota
  • Illinois
  • Vermont
  • Ohio
  • Colorado
  • Maryland
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Montana 

States with the Most Natural Disasters

So what are the states with the most natural disasters? Since these states are frequently in the news because of the severe weather patterns they face, you may be able to guess some of them. Texas tops the list of states with the most natural disasters, because of its history of frequent floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires. California is a close runner-up on the list, since the state commonly faces earthquakes, wildfires, landslides, and more. Other states prone to natural disasters include:

  • Oklahoma
  • New York
  • Florida
  • Louisiana
  • Alabama
  • Kentucky
  • Arkansas
  • Missouri

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Whether you run your organization in one of the states on this list or not, it’s always important to be prepared for natural disasters. Business continuity software can keep your institution running through power failures or any other hurdles you might face when your state is in crisis. A thorough business continuity plan will cover every aspect of how you’ll run your organization when disaster strikes, including where employees will work, how they’ll get the resources they need, and how you’ll keep up communication.

Try Kuali Ready

If you work at a higher education institution, Kuali Ready can help you be prepared for any natural disaster you might face in your state. Our continuity planning software is specifically designed for the unique needs of your academic institution, including student residents, clinical services, and more. Get a free trial of Kuali Ready today.

Additional Resources

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