FIGURE 2-2 Presidentially declared disasters, top 10 states, 1953–2007.

FIGURE 2-2 Presidentially declared disasters, top 10 states, 1953–2007.

NOTE: Declared disasters in these 10 states represent 32 percent of all disasters.

(SOURCE: Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, www.fema.gov/news/disaster_totals_annual.fema.)

TABLE 2-1 Major Disaster Types and Locations

Type of Disaster

Major Geographic Location

Winter storm

Northeast/Midwest

Tropical storm

Gulf Coast

Tornado

Plains states

Earthquake

Western states

Terrorism

Large urban areas

NOTE: Locations shown are the major ones where each type of disaster occurs. Each can also occur in other locations across the country.

SOURCE: Synthesized from the FEMA database of presidentially declared disasters by year, 1953–2007.



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