The Most Prepared States for Natural Disasters

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With volcano eruptions, nor’easters, wildfires and hurricanes happening all around the country, the idea of travel can be daunting. But, as an event professional, it’s your job to jet-set to exotic locales. WalletHub has ranked each state by its emergency preparedness—and the following 10 are safest in terms of natural disasters.

1. Alaska

The northernmost state has experienced wildfires, avalanches and even a 2016 volcano eruption. In response, the Division of Homeland Security Emergency Management website provides tsunami evacuation maps, earthquake preparedness tips and natural disaster training.

2. Utah

Along with blizzards and storms, Utah witnessed flash floods in 2015, resulting in the state’s deadliest natural disaster yet. For this reason, a dedicated government agency prepares schools, businesses and communities on how to create emergency kits, store water and food, and assist those with disabilities in case of emergency.

3. Maine

With tornados, blizzards and a record-setting nor’easter in 2011, Maine’s government regularly trains professional staff on emergency preparedness and strategizes countermeasures for excessive ice conditions, groundwater levels and flood risks.

4. Nevada

Nevada has faced major storms and a significant earthquake, but always bounces back. Nevada Emergency Preparedness Association hosted a summit in February with the theme “Ready and Resilient.”

5. Hawaii

The Aloha State has been in the news regularly with its volcanic activity and flooding earlier this year. Thankfully, the state tests an emergency siren system at the beginning of each month, which pairs with a wireless emergency alert system that links to smartphones for advanced warning.

6. New Hampshire

Hurricane Irene brought one of the most devastating natural disasters to New Hampshire in 2011—but this year brought more than 800 attendees to the annual New Hampshire Emergency Preparedness Summit.

7. Washington

Earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic activity call for not one, not two, but three government resources connected to emergency preparedness. The Washington Department of Health website has a section entirely dedicated to natural disasters, from hypothermia to fires, to volcanos.

8. Arizona

Wildfires have ravaged Arizona, but the Department of Emergency and Military posts regular weather updates to keep citizens out of harm’s way. Advanced technology systems issue updates on possible disasters, as well.

9. Vermont

With nor’easters, blizzards, 48 inches of snow on the ground and a 2008 ice storm that left 30,000 without power, winter is brutal in Vermont. The VT-Alert response system notifies citizens in emergency situations and allows users to sign up for their location, as well as five other areas of their choice.

10. Massachusetts

The Commonwealth has weathered many blizzards and major power outages. Look to Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency for a map of power outages; training, exercises and conferences to prepare the community for hazards; and pressing announcements regarding state disasters.

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