New York received over $26B in disaster relief in last decade, topping other states

NEW YORK — The state has received more than $26 billion in federal relief over the last decade to recover from natural disasters, the most of any state, according to a new report calculating the national economic toll wrought from climate change.

New York, Texas and Florida — three of the four largest states — have respectively secured the highest total of post-disaster federal funding between 2011 and 2021, the resiliency planning organization Rebuild by Design said in a nearly 700-page analysis of disaster relief spending. The report, “Atlas of Disaster,” found 90 percent of counties in the U.S. had a recent disaster declaration.

The analysis exposes how climate hazards from drought to hurricanes have touched every state as the effects of climate change become more frequent and profound, said Amy Chester, managing director of Rebuild By Design. Read more >>