WATCH OUT LA: FEDS CALCULATE RISKIEST, SAFEST PLACES IN US
AppleMagazine|AppleMagazine #480
Spending her life in Los Angeles, Morgan Andersen knows natural disasters all too well. In college, an earthquake shook her home hard. Her grandfather was affected by recent wildfires in neighboring Orange County.

“It’s just that constant reminder, ‘Oh yeah, we live somewhere where there’s natural disasters and they can strike at any time,’” said the 29-year-old marketing executive.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has calculated the risk for every county in America for 18 types of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, volcanoes and even tsunamis. And of the more than 3,000 counties, Los Angeles County has the highest ranking in the National Risk Index.

The way FEMA calculates the index spotlights places long known as danger spots, like Los Angeles, but some other places highlighted run counter to what most people would think.

For instance, eastern cities such as New York and Philadelphia rank far higher on the risk for tornadoes than tornado alley stalwarts Oklahoma and Kansas.

And the county with the biggest coastal flood risk is one in Washington state that’s not on the ocean, although its river is tidal.

Those seeming oddities occur because FEMA’s index scores how often disasters strike, how many people and how much property are in harm’s way, how vulnerable the population is socially and how well the area is able to bounce back. And that results in a high risk assessment for big cities with lots of poor people and expensive property that are ill-prepared to be hit by once-in-a-generation disasters.

While the rankings may seem “counterintuitive,” the degree of risk isn’t just how often a type of natural disaster strikes a place, but how bad the toll would be, according to FEMA’s Mike Grimm.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM APPLEMAGAZINEView All

Amazon Fires 2 Union Organizers Tied to First U.S. Labor Win

Amazon has fired two employees with ties to the grassroots union that led the first successful U.S. organizing effort in the retail giant’s history.

2 mins read
AppleMagazine
May 13, 2022

2022 IS THE YEAR OF ALL-INCLUSIVE TRAVEL, AND HERE'S WHY

The hotel name Zoetry (in Zoetry Montego Bay Jamaica) has an umlaut mark over the letter "e."

3 mins read
AppleMagazine
May 20, 2022

'TOP GUN' SEQUEL A WELCOME TRIP TO THE DANGER ZONE

Early on in "Top Gun: Maverick," Tom Cruise hops on his sleek motorcycle, wearing Aviator sunglasses and a leather jacket with patches, and speeds into a time machine. No, that's not right. It's actually us who take a trip back.

3 mins read
AppleMagazine
May 20, 2022

MacBook Air

Rumors: What to expect with Apple's 2022 redesign

5 mins read
AppleMagazine
May 20, 2022

4 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR SMALL BUSINESS FROM CYBER ATTACKS

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses have quickly adopted remote working and transitioned to new technologies, such as contactless payments and online ordering.

3 mins read
AppleMagazine
May 20, 2022

A BEZOS-BIDEN SQUABBLE: CAN CORPORATE TAXES TAME INFLATION?

Jeff Bezos this weekend became the latest centi-billionaire to launch a political fight on Twitter by denouncing a tweet from President Joe Biden about corporate taxes as "disinformation” and “misdirection."

2 mins read
AppleMagazine
May 20, 2022

BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TO RELEASE $45B FOR NATIONWIDE INTERNET

The Biden administration is taking the first steps to release $45 billion to ensure that every U.S. resident has access to high-speed internet by roughly 2028, inviting governors and other leaders to start the application process.

2 mins read
AppleMagazine
May 20, 2022

NISSAN MULLING THIRD AUTO PLANT IN THE US TO MEET EV DEMAND

Nissan is considering adding a new auto plant in the U.S. to keep up with growing demand for electric vehicles, a top executive at the Japanese automaker said.

2 mins read
AppleMagazine
May 20, 2022

MENACED BY FLAMES, NUCLEAR LAB PEERS INTO FUTURE OF WILDFIRE

Public schools were closed and evacuation bags packed this week as a stubborn wildfire crept within a few miles of the city of Los Alamos and its companion U.S. national security lab - where assessing apocalyptic threats is a specialty and wildland fire is a beguiling equation.

4 mins read
AppleMagazine
May 20, 2022

WITH ROE IN DOUBT, SOME FEAR TECH SURVEILLANCE OF PREGNANCY

When Chandler Jones realized she was pregnant during her junior year of college, she turned to a trusted source for information and advice.

3 mins read
AppleMagazine
May 20, 2022
RELATED STORIES

ΑΝΑ MOVES ON FROM BEN

It's getting serious between Ana de Armas and Paul Baukadakis!

1 min read
Star
April 18, 2022

On the True Grit Trails

Travel across Arkansas, Oklahoma and Colorado and discover the real and imagined locations of the iconic novel and 1969 film's locations.

6 mins read
True West
April 2022

Dorothea Wierer Opens up on Life Beyond Sport and "Free Time" Social media Indulgence

Doro is the most successful Italian biathlete holding a love for fashion and food with many of her 600,000 Instagram fans - a record for an active Italian winter athlete-hailing from other countries.

9 mins read
Women Fitness
Women Fitness February 2022

Two Courts Debunk Persistent Opioid Myths

Since 2014, state and local governments have filed thousands of lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies they blame for causing the “opioid crisis” by exaggerating the benefits and minimizing the risks of prescription pain medication. The theory underlying these cases is pretty straightforward: Drug manufacturers lied, and people died.

2 mins read
Reason magazine
March 2022

ULTIMATE ADVENTURE 2021 PRESENTED BY RUGGED RIDGE

Tumbleweeding from Oklahoma into Texas

10+ mins read
Four Wheeler
February 2022

Pro Water Skier: Whitney McClintock Rini on her Pregnancy & Motherhood

Women Fitness caught in touch with Eight-time world champion in water skiing Whitney McClintock Rinni talk about her Pregnancy, Motherhood, and returning back to sports.

9 mins read
Women Fitness
January 2022

The Overlooked Keys to a Healthy Gallbladder

Keep your bile thin and free-flowing by focusing on supportive foods, supplements, and physical activity.

6 mins read
Better Nutrition
January 2022

REBA & REX TANGLE OVER HOME ON THE RANGE!

COWGIRL queen Reba McEntire’s plans to lasso actor Rex Linn have triggered a range war — the red-haired spitfire wants to settle in Oklahoma while the bullheaded former CSI: Miami hunk’s hankering for fast-paced Tinseltown, sources say.

1 min read
Globe
December 27, 2021

Warm Welcome

Abu Dhabi delivers a diverse business climate for entertaining clients.

4 mins read
Global Traveler
November 2021

Mula Bandha Intensify Your Orgasm

Mula Bandha is a particular action involving pressure or strain on the muscles, allowing energy to flow. The word “bandha” means “to bind” or “to lock”. With mula bandha, the reference is to the locking of the muscles of the cervix.

2 mins read
Women Fitness
November 2021