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States Rated: An Index for Natural Hazard Vulnerability

Authors: Seth Kannarr*,
Topics: Climatology and Meteorology, Applied Geography, Behavioral Geography
Keywords: states, climate, hazard, disaster, survey, people
Session Type: Poster
Presentation File: Download

Beyond cultural ties and economic demands, considerations of climate and the natural environment should play a role in determining which U.S. state in which to reside. Every year, thousands of people suffer from the effects of natural hazards such as avalanches, blizzards, earthquakes, extreme cold, extreme heat, flooding, hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and wildfires. The recorded occurrence and frequency of these natural hazards, in addition to public perception of the danger of individual natural hazards, shapes an idea of relative concern for these natural hazards. In this study we combine hazard occurrence data recorded from 2009-2018, with concern values gathered from an online survey of 1,326 individuals to output “vulnerability” scores for each U.S. State. Ultimately, these values help to answer the question: which U.S. States have the highest vulnerability for natural hazards?

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