Mapping out disasters

Okay, so we know this might not be the most uplifting infographic to start off your weekend, but we thought it was too important to pass up. The New York Times published this map a few weeks ago, and it explains a little bit about the “Disaster Risk” of places across the United States.

It probably comes as no surprise that our region here in Florida is categorized in the “higher risk” end of the spectrum, mainly because of the threat of hurricanes. Combine this map with the recent predictions by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for 12-18 named storms during the 2011 Hurricane Season and the prospects seem even gloomier.

But rather than let these not-so-thrilling pieces of news get us down, we’re focusing instead on the benefits of being prepared. Here at the Red Cross we work year-round to make sure we’re ready to respond to any disaster, day or night. And we’re hoping you might help us out by making sure you and your family are prepared too by taking three simple steps: Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed.

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