What Is the Meaning of Disaster and Damage Numbers?

From the state of Kansas, a review of recent disaster and damage numbers and their meaning.  See: Disaster, damage numbers rise, but it isn’t clear whether Kansas is less safe. Many factors influence data. Some excerpts from the article:

The numbers appear to show Kansas is seeing more disasters and that weather is doing more damage, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your life or property are in greater danger.

More disasters were declared in Kansas from 2004 to 2013 than in the 50 years before, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear. Averages of weather-related damage, including non-disaster events, also showed an upward trend over time.

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