In 2011, we saw several natural disasters—Hurricane Irene in New York, tornadoes in Alabama and Missouri, and a massive earthquake in Japan. We know that mother nature has a mind of her own, and that we must be prepared for whatever she decides to throw at us. That’s why cities across the US have created preparedness plans—similar to the one you’ve created for your home and family, but on a much larger scale.
Recently, Forbes took a look at those preparedness plans and declared what they believe to be the most, and least, disaster-proof cities. To determine scores, “the CDC and state public health personnel assess local emergency-management plans, protocols and capabilities for 72 Metropolitan Statistical Areas and four non-MSA large cities. Based on this assessment, the CRI calculates a score for each MSA that ranges from zero to 100. According to the CSC, a score of 69 or higher indicates that the city has established acceptable ‘plans to receive, distribute, and Strategic National Stockpile medical assets.’”
Click here for Forbes’ full list of Most and Least Disaster-Ready Cities, and keep reading for the top 3 in each category:
Top 3 Least-Prepared Cities:
3. Fresno, California – Score: 58
2. Birmingham, Alabama – Score: 54
1. Albuquerque, New Mexico – Score: 50.6
Top 3 Most-Prepared Cities:
3. Chicago, Illinois – Score: 97.3
2. Dover, Delaware – Score: 97.6
1. New York City, New York – Score: 99.6
How does your city compare? Do you think there are things they could improve upon?