Finding Normal After the Disaster: Disasters by the numbers

Finding Normal After the Disaster: Disasters by the numbers

Disasters by the Numbers

October 1, 2013 by Staci Giordullo and Lisa Renze-Rhodes

Ever wondered how many natural disasters occur in the U.S. in a given year? Whether it’s a hurricane, tornado, flood or wildfire — no one is exempt. While losses during the first half of 2013, which totaled $7.9 billion, fell below the 12-year average, property and casualty losses totaled $35 billion in 2012, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Steve Weisbart, the institute’s senior vice president, says homeowners should review their insurance policies to ensure coverage in case of catastrophe. “A lot of wealth is tied up in this one thing — your home,” he says. “It should be protected.”

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