Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Natural Hazards "Death Map" and the Natural State

Link to original article with a large map here.
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Researchers have put together a map which shows how likely you are to die of a natural event, such as flood, drought, lightning strike, freezing to death etc... Unfortunately the Natural State does not fare too well. The red areas on the map indicate a death rate two standard deviations above average. The blue areas are safer than usual counties.

I noticed that areas with Indian reservations fared very poorly. I figured that is a function of lifestyle choices that lead them to spend more time outdoors alone or in small groups. This may explain some of the reason for Arkansas' poor showing.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Jason said...

I'd like to see this map superimposed on a map showing the allocation of FEMA and other federal disaster aid-- perhaps the latter even done per capita to make it fair.

7:39 AM, December 17, 2008  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I have called for the Governor to use existing law to form a "State Guard". With our National Guard members policing the global empire, we need some guys at home for the search and rescue and disaster assistance functions that the NG used to perform.

8:18 AM, December 17, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Washington County is the safest place in the state to avoid dying of natural disasters. Of course, there are worse things than dying of a natural disaster.

7:02 PM, December 17, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Washington county may be safe, but Springdale is a disaster.

6:34 AM, December 18, 2008  

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