As if 2020 wasn't bad enough ...

A recent study conducted by ValuePenguin revealed that Colorado is No. 5 on the list of top 10 states most at risk for a natural disaster in the country. The top 10 states on the list account for about 80 percent of the cost of natural disasters in the United States, according to the study, with Texas taking the No. 1 riskiest spot.

This year is setting up to have the most natural disasters in any year ever recorded, in large part due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though that does not account for all of it. Wildfires have made a major impact over the last five years, according to the research. 

FEMA classifies a natural disaster as "[a]n occurrence of a natural catastrophe, technological accident, or human-caused event that has resulted in severe property damage, deaths, and/or multiple injuries."

“As a result of the coronavirus, 2020 is on pace to be the most disaster-heavy year ever. As of June 1, FEMA has declared more disasters this year than any other except 2011.”

According to the study, people in Colorado pay about $220 on average a year for property damage and have had 1.4 natural disasters every year from 2014-2018. On average, $464 million is spent by Coloradans every year to cover damage caused by natural disasters. Colorado’s most expensive year for natural disasters was 2017, which saw the largest hailstorm in state history. "On May 8, baseball-sized hail in the West Denver area during the evening commute resulted in $2.3 billion in home and automobile damage."

hail in hand
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As a state that has major wildfires almost every year, drought, tornadoes, rockslides, hailstorms, avalanches, and the occasional microburst, Colorado is no stranger to the devastation that can come with a natural disaster. The authors of the study encourage everyone to check what their insurance covers for natural disasters, as it's different in every state. Thankfully, here in Colorado, hail damage is covered by most homeowners and some auto insurance policies.

 

ValuePenguin rated the top 14 states most at risk for natural disasters:

  1. Texas
  2. Louisiana
  3. Florida
  4. California
  5. Colorado
  6. North Carolina
  7. Michigan
  8. New Mexico
  9. Nebraska
  10. Georgia 
  11. North Dakota
  12. Iowa
  13. Idaho
  14. Mississippi 

We know all too well what the aftereffects of a sudden and unexpected natural disaster can be, and this is one top 10 list we would not mind being kicked off soon.

On a national level, in most states, more natural disasters occur between June, July, and August, with 51 percent of natural disasters occurring in those months since 1998. This is due to hurricane season and severe rainstorms that often occur during these months. Through the end of May 2020, there have been 180 natural disasters declared so far, with 154 of them being related to COVID-19. 

Have you been affected by a natural disaster in Colorado? Share with us any advice you have for working through and being prepared for natural disasters in the comments.