Patterns of Disaster in the U.S.

Data indicates pattern of natural disaster victims.

Can lightning strike the same place twice? It can and it does, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA data illustrates that a disproportionately small subset of the United States endures the most damage from natural disasters. Entire states including Louisiana and Florida, as well as major cities such as San Diego, CA and Houston, TX, repeatedly fall victim to the same types of catastrophes. Even among these most vulnerable geographies, some have it worse than others: According to the SBA, in the last 16 years just ten ZIP codes near New Orleans accounted for 11 percent of the entire country’s total loss, and Eastern Kentucky has been ravaged by nine different storms. Recently, Ellicott City, a community vulnerably located at the bottom of a slope and the junction of multiple streams near Baltimore, Maryland, was struck by flash floods that were remarkably similar in cause and impact to floods they experienced in July of 2016.

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While these recurring natural disasters cannot be stopped, the destruction and death they cause can be greatly reduced if the proper information is made available to those responsible for preparation and mitigation. Geospiza’s mission is to enable these decision-makers and the interventions they facilitate with data-driven, forward-leaning decision making support.

Oliver SperansComment