Natural Disaster


Review of natural catastrophes in 2014: Lower losses from weather extremes and earthquakes ~Munich Re

The year at a glance Overall losses from natural catastrophes totalled US$ 110bn (previous year US$ 140bn), of which roughly US$ 31bn (previous year US$ 39bn) was insured. The loss amounts were well below the inflation-adjusted average values of the past ten years (overall losses: US$ 190bn, insured losses: US$ 58bn), and also below the…


Study: Millions of US Homes at Very High Risk from Natural Disasters ~Jim Randle, Voice of America

A new analysis shows that 10.6 million U.S. homes are at very high risk of damage from hurricanes, tornados, or earthquakes. That works out to about eight percent of the 131 million housing units in the United States. The study by RealtyTrac shows that about 3 percent of homes are at very low risk of…


How a Low-Income San Francisco Neighborhood Is Building a Culture of Disaster Preparedness, with lessons from New Orleans ~Justin Gerdes, Atlantic Cities

My original quote in the masthead upper left used to read: “These days, it is only through disasters, be they natural or man-made, that Americans may know any sort of cultural cohesion.” This concept came to me soon after the Federal Flood of New Orleans 8-29-05, when the Army Corps of Engineers levees and flood-walls…