What Are the Three Most Common Natural Disasters in the United States?
Natural disasters are the stuff that fear is made of. We can prepare for them, but we can’t prevent them; we can anticipate them, but we can’t accurately predict them. (If we could, they wouldn’t be much of a problem.) Natural disasters put us in our place on a fairly regular basis, letting us know that the planet, and not humanity, is in charge.
Fires, floods, and tornadoes are the most common natural disasters in the U.S., followed by blizzards. An accurate count depends partly on definition; the annual number of 1,000 tornadoes, for example, can’t all be counted the same, since not all touch down or cause significant damage.
The frequency of natural disasters varies by state; tornadoes are most common in the Midwest, while hurricanes plague Florida and forest fires are most frequent in the West.
Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S. Most homeowner insurance does not cover floods; the government offers an insurance plan, called the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Tornadoes according to the University of Nebraska — Lincoln website, almost 50,000 tornadoes occurred from 1950 through 2005.
Wildfires in the western U.S., an average of 50 wildfires of over 1000 acres occur per year, depending on the climate.