WE ARE ALL AT RISK

Ninety percent of U.S. counties have experienced a federal climate disaster between 2011-2021, with some having as many as 12 disasters during that time. In 2021 alone, the U.S. experienced 20 separate billion-dollar climate disasters with over 688 direct or indirect fatalities. We can do better.

Rebuild by Design worked with APTIM and iParametrics and an unbelievable team of engineers, researchers, finance experts, data managers, and volunteers to identify, analyze, and synthesize different data sets and ideas into an accessible compendium of county-by-county climate impacts. Click below to see what we have learned.

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FACTS + FIGURES FOR U.S. CLIMATE DISASTERS 2011-2021

90 PERCENT

of US Counties had federal disaster declarations from 2011-2021 covering over 300 million people. Five counties in Louisiana and Kentucky have had the highest occurrences of disasters: 

CALIFORNIA

Had 25 federal disaster declarations – the highest in the country. Nevada had 3 disasters, the least. The median number of disasters is 11.5 for that time period

LOUISIANA

Had the highest per capital support at $1,736 and the median payout post-disaster from FEMA and HUD is $97 per capita. Arizona had the lowest at $2 per capita.

$537 Billion

Of climate infrastructure investment could be supported by a small surcharge on certain types of property and casualty insurance.

$91 BILLION

Post-disaster assistance from FEMA and HUD. New York, Texas and Florida have received the highest post-disaster federal funding.

HOW THE STATES COMPARE

Check out the ranking of all States by number of disaster occurrences, and by per capita spending here>>

STATE BY STATE RISK MAPS BY COUNTY 2011-2021

RecOMmendations

1. CREATE A COLLABORATIVE PROCESS

How we plan directly affects the project outcome. Using a co-creation process with stakeholders, States can deliver new, upgraded, innovative, and climate-ready infrastructure that protects communities in the face of climate vulnerabilities. 

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2. DEVELOP NEW SOURCES OF FUNDING

Each state in the U.S. should create a Resilient Infrastructure Fund to serve as a catalyst to support innovative, data-driven, and community-led approaches to address climate risk throughout the United States. States can raise capital by 1) implementing s very small surcharge on certain types of insurance, 2) a ballot measure, 3) taking a system-wide approach to using new sources.

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3. PRIORITIZE MULTI BENEFIT PROJECTS

Governments have limited resources and a lot of need. New Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) frameworks could drive forward justice-centered resilient infrastructure projects with multiple benefits and uses by determining what projects should invest in.

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