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Extreme weather events are on the rise. Last year, the U.S. suffered 16 major natural disasters —up 33% from the year before— with collective recovery costs of over $300 billion (Source: NOAA). The seemingly relentless mix of hurricanes, wildfires, blizzards, floods, tornadoes, and droughts racked up the highest bill in history—and it’s predicted that this upward trend will continue.
While 80% of respondents expressed concern about the increasing pace of these events, less than half believe that their communities are getting better at handling them. And only 17% felt they were personally prepared for an unexpected natural disaster.
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