September is National Emergency Preparedness Month

U.S. sets record for billion-dollar disasters in 2023

Are you ready and prepared for the next natural disaster or emergency? Do you have all your insurance needs met?

Original article can be found here.

By Brittney Meredith-Miller 

As of September, the United States has already set an unfortunate record with 23 billion-dollar-plus weather and climate disasters happening in 2023, according to the NOAA, with over a quarter of the year still to come.

While the natural disasters we’re most likely to hear about in the news include hurricanes – like Hurricane Idalia, which made landfall in Florida on Aug. 29 – or devastating wildfires – like the Hawaii Fire Storm, which caused $5.5 billion in damage on the island of Maui in early August – a great deal of climate-related damage is caused by wind, flooding and hail from severe storms.

An illustration of a ship on a rough sea. The number "2023" is in the boat.

To put the 23 billion-dollar natural disasters that have occurred in 2023 so far into perspective, from 1980 to 2022, the national average was 8.1 billion-dollar events per year (CPI-adjusted). Photo: Creativa Images/Adobe StockS

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