Disaster Statistics

Financial Impacts

National Statistics (U.S. Catastrophe Record 1998 – 2008) by RMIIA
A list of recent disasters, losses, and interesting facts.  For example, 2005 was the most costly year on record for the insurance industry, in terms of natural disasters. The year saw 27 named tropical storms, 15 of which were hurricanes.

Financial Preparedness
Here are tips from FEMA to collect critical records to have on hand to help ease the process of rebuilding after a disaster.

Historical Flood Risk & Cost
FEMA provides an interactive data tool to allow you to better understand flood risk and cost with historical statistics.

Natural Disasters

Natural Catastrophes World Wide
This website provides charts of data for a variety of events, includes worldwide statistics shown by disaster.

Wildfire Tracker by the Associated Press
This interactive map show active and recently extinguished fires on a map of the U.S.  Click on the camera icons to see photos of the event.

Fire Estimate Summaries by USFA
View causes and trend information of the fire problem in the U.S. through data collected in the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA’s) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).  This includes residential and non-residential buildings.

U.S. Home Structure Fires by NFPA
The National Fire Protection Association offers a Home Fire Fact Sheet showing how many residential fires affect the U.S. each year, including leading causes, and statistics by months of the year.

Fire Reports by NFPA
Although some reports contain more detail than a homeowner might be interested in, the NFPA´s Fire Analysis and Research division offers a wide range of statistical information, including major causes of home fires. Most reports are free to the public.

Weather Related

Severe Weather by NOAA
Nature’s most violent storms include thunderstorms, tornadoes, and lightning.  Did you know a typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes, and hail alone causes more than $1 billion in damage to property and crops each year.

Compilation of Flood Loss Statistics by the National Weather Service
View a chart (or graph) on the cost of flood damages by year from 1903 to present.

Flood Facts by NFIP
Did you know floods and flash floods happen in every state?  Most homeowners’ insurance does not cover damages from floods?

Record Breaking Tornadoes (by GDS Infographics)

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Record Breaking Tornadoes