30 January 2012

2011 was a record-breaking year for disasters—are you prepared?

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Most of our readers are into self-reliance and, as such, into preparedness. But, for anyone still "on the fence" about being prepared... you might want to take a look at the track record for natural disasters. The chart to the right shows data from FEMA on reported disasters for the past six decades. (You can find this data and more here.)

As you can see, 2011 set a record for disasters, with 99 Major Disaster Declarations, 29 Emergency Declarations, and 114 Fire Management Assistance Declarations.

What's more, 2011 has broken the record for the most billion-dollar weather disasters, for example:

And, while 2011 was enormously costly from an economic standpoint, we can't overlook the cost in human lives. According to this article from Discovery News, 19,380 people died from natural disasters in the first six months of 2011. (Of course, from that perspective, 2010 was far, far worse: 230,300 perished, though about 225,000 of those were in the Haiti earthquake.)

The upshot of all this is that natural disasters seem to be happening more frequently — or at least being declared a disaster more frequently. Either way, the financial toll from this increase in disasters will continue to negatively impact the global economy. Are you prepared?

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