Speaking Truth to Power

” The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has now entered the history books as the seventh most intense on record—17 named storms and 10 hurricanes (six of them major, including two Category 5 storms and three Category 4 storms that made landfall in the United States).

Hurricane Harvey’s impacts in the area of Houston, Texas; Hurricane Irma’s impacts on the west coast of Florida; and Hurricane Maria’s impacts on Puerto Rico will be historic events for hurricane disasters in the United States. The Federal Emergency Management Agency reports that approximately 25.8 million people in the United States were affected by those three hurricanes alone, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calculates that the storms inflicted a cost of $265 billion.

Globally, Munich Re estimates the total insured and uninsured losses from all types of disaster to be $330 billion, with about half of those losses concentrated in the United States.” – says Natural Hazard Centre. To read more about natural disasters and their impacts visit here.