08 February 2012 ~ 2 Comments

Most and Least Disaster-Proof Cities: Where Does Your City Rank?

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.

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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?

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2 Responses to “Most and Least Disaster-Proof Cities: Where Does Your City Rank?”

  1. Stephen Wentzel 8 February 2012 at 4:45 pm Permalink

    Wow – NYC is the first. Makes since. Sucks it takes a disaster to get people to make changes and pay attention. Prepare now — don’t wait.

  2. pnewton 20 February 2012 at 12:51 am Permalink

    No Stephen, I believe you read that incorrectly, New York is the #1 on Most-Prepared Cities list. Its Albuquerque, New Mexico thats #1 on the Least-Prepared Cities with a score of 50.6 followed by Birmingham, Alabama with a score of 54.

    P Newton
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