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Natural Disaster Statistics 2022: Which Insurance Should You Have in Your State?
Where you live dictates how prone you are to property losses and the danger of fatalities. Whether you're in a cold climate or a hot one, or one that tends to see strong winds, there is a peril that is common where you live.
The following numbers of fatalities and associated perils is based on The Weather Channel's records for 2021:
Natural Disasters in the U.S Fatalities Covered by Homeowners Insurance
Flood 146 No, you must buy a separate policy
Lightning 11 Yes
Tornado 104 Yes
Hurricane 12 Yes, but there is a separate hurricane deductible in states prone to hurricanes
Heat 190 Yes, in the case of fire, subsidence and broken electronics
Winter 40 Yes, in the case of freezing pipes, heavy snow
Cold 106 Yes, in the case of freezing pipes
Wind 56 Yes
As we recently saw in Florida, natural disasters affect millions of people in the U.S. According to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters: natural disasters claim 68,000 lives around the world each year.
According to the Weather Channel, in 2021, there were a total of 146 U.S. fatalities reported due to winter storms and cold waves alone; In total, there were about 770 total U.S. fatalities due to natural disasters.
Tornados, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, winter storms and hurricanes often claim lives and cause great destruction to personal property, and we see more extreme weather events each year. In 2021 alone, the U.S. also saw $92 billion in insured losses so it makes sense to assume that there were billions in losses for the uninsured too – losses the victims probably had to shoulder alone if they didn't have homeowners insurance.
Here are more natural disasters insights and relevant insurance information to help you protect yourself and your family. https://smartfinancial.com/