Spanning a geographical area of over 52,000 square miles, Alabama is susceptible to a unique set of natural disasters including hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. According to the NOAA Storm Prediction Center, the state averages 44 tornadoes per year, highlighting its vulnerability to severe weather. Recent notable events such as Hurricane Sally in 2020 and the deadly tornado outbreaks in 2011 serve as further reminders of the state's exposure to natural disasters.
Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indicates that between 1980 and 2023, Alabama experienced 72 weather-related events resulting in economic damages exceeding $1 billion. These events have cumulatively led to approximately $170 billion in losses for the state. According to the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), over 1,050 fatalities have occurred due to natural disasters in Alabama since 1950.
Given the risks Alabama faces from natural disasters, being prepared is crucial for everyone living in the state. To stay safe, it's important for residents to have a solid emergency plan and a well-stocked kit ready at all times.