Utah ranked third-lowest in nation on climate disaster spending

ABC 4: SALT LAKE CITY — Utah ranks as the third-lowest state for spending on climate disasters in the U.S., according to a report from Rebuild by Design (RBD).

The report, which you can see in its entirety at the bottom of this post, is part of RBD’s statistics for Utah gathered from 2011 to 2021, and it notes that over a 10-year period, climate disasters in the state have only cost residents an average of $11 per person.

Across the decade, FEMA and HUD have spent around $36.1 million in Utah for post-disaster funding. RBD’s report notes that Davis and Salt Lake counties faced the highest number of disasters. Those two counties had three disaster declarations. Seventy-six percent of Utah counties had at least one declaration over the last decade.

Washington County received the most federal aid over the last decade with $7 million due to severe storms and flooding.

RBD is a nonprofit that researches ways to prepare for and adapt to climate change. It was started by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the catastrophic storm that slammed into the eastern U.S. just over ten years ago, causing $62.5 billion in damage. Read More >>