Florida’s beautiful tropical climate comes into a sharp contrast with the many deadly disasters the state is susceptible to.
Between 1953 and 2022, the Sunshine State declared 136 natural disasters, most of which were tropical storms and hurricanes. Besides the hurricanes, the state is no stranger to wildfires, flash floods, tornadoes and even earthquakes. This makes Florida the third most at risk state in the US after Texas and Louisiana in terms of disaster costs. Hurricane Ian is well on track to become the costliest hurricane in Florida’s history, both in terms of lives lost and the economic toll.
Every Florida resident should put disaster preparedness high on their priority list. It is critical to stay tuned to warnings, alerts and be familiar with the local emergency notification systems.