The article is titled These Cities Are the Safest Refuges From Natural Disasters, though the selection is based on past disasters. I hope no one moves with the expectation of a disaster-free life!!
See also another article about some scientific work underway to quantify some risks in the U.S. and Canada. Here is the link to: New Research Program Aims to Quantify Wind, Tornado Risk in Canada and the U.S. Thanks to Franklin McDonald of York Univ. in Toronto for sending me this link.
One has to admit that with graphics and a lively style of writing, the first mentioned is more engaging.
Thanks very much for your comments. I suspect you are not the only Canadian who would like to have that kind of information.
Yes, although knowing one lives in a disaster area leaves a lot of other open questions, because we have our families, work, homes, chattel, etc… However, one of the biggest gaps I see (brought home with the Calgary flooding – and equally true for B.C.) is that people have no idea they live in a disaster area. It would be fairly straightforward to have “You live in a flood zone, or an earthquake/wildfire/whatever risk zone” put on one’s property title, so that people can make educated decisions about investments. Instead, we seem to be letting the insurers be the bearers of bad tidings, and that has its own weaknesses.
Actually, that has been done in CA where legislation calls for revealing seismic risk associate with a property by the realtor at the time of sale. And to some extent, the flood plain determinations may affect a residential mortgage in some areas in the U.S.
I don’t know why, but I found this article perversely charming. John Metcalf, the author, must be a very good-natured guy to write so cheerily about disaster-avoidance. I was happy to see that where one of my daughters lives in Ohio is “good”. This article helped me answer my other daughter’s question, “Where is the safest place to live with all this climate change going on?” She resides in the not quite disaster-free city of Oakland, CA.
I would love to see the same kind of maps for Canada, where I live. I have a feeling that I’m in a pretty good spot, except my house is on an alluvial fan, protected by an earthen dike. In British Columbia, the presence of the flood-protection dike means that my area is not considered to be in the flood plain. Strange, but true.