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How Safe is Your City from Natural Disasters

Lori Hicks

A majority of my lifetime has been spent in the central Ohio area. I've watched it grow and change, and am proud to call it my home...

A majority of my lifetime has been spent in the central Ohio area. I've watched it grow and change, and am proud to call it my home...

Oct 24 4 minutes read

Ohio is one of the safest locations in the country & Columbus has a "low"- "very low" risk of natural disaster.  

This is according to a recent study by ATTOM Data Solutions.

For the report ATTOM indexed natural hazard risk in more than 3,000 counties and more than 22,000 U.S. cities based on the risk of six natural disasters: earthquakes, floods, hail, hurricane storm surge, tornadoes, and wildfires. ATTOM also analyzed housing trends in 3,441 cities and 735 counties — containing more than 71 million single family homes and condos — broken into five equal quintiles of natural hazard housing risk. 

The mid-west fared very well in this analysis and among the 735 U.S. counties included in the study, two of the five counties with the lowest overall natural hazard are in Ohio- Cuyahogo and Lake County. Additionally, in a similar study of the top10 safest US cities, 3 of them are in Ohio- Akron, Dayton and Cleveland. Though Columbus did not rank in the top 10, it is considered low to very low risk on the natural disaster scale.

Not only is living in a high risk area a concern for safety, it is also a consideration for buyers when accessing home value and appreciation.  The presence of good paying jobs and the natural beauty of high risk locations has led to strong demand for homes in these areas over the past decade, despite the potential for devastating damage to homes that can be caused by a natural disaster - said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions. With the recent catastrophic weather events, there is concern that real estate consumers in certain areas are beginning to more heavily factor natural hazard risk into their decision. Living in a low risk city is predicted to move up on the home buyer want list in 2018.

What Natural Disasters Occur in Columbus?

While Columbus, Ohio isn't considered high risk for natural disasters , we are still susceptible to a variety of natural disasters. Tornadoes, Earthquakes, Forest Fires, & Flooding are all possible here. Though we have not had an earthquake in Ohio since 1986, Tornadoes are fairly common across the entire state and flooding is also common. Compared with the rest of the country, Ohio is considered  one of the safest places to live when it comes to risk of natural disaster.

Scared of hurricanes, tornadoes and fires? Head to Ohio.

Three of the top 10 cities in the U.S. least likely to be destroyed by a natural disaster are located in the state, according to Trulia. Tapping data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Forest Service and FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program, the real estate research firm compiled a list of the cities around the country with the lowest risk of being flooded, rocked by earthquakes, battered by hurricanes, struck with tornadoes or burned by wildfires.

How Can You Prepare in Case of a Natural Disaster?

Click on these three tips to see detailed information about each one from the American Red Cross. 

  1. Get a Kit
  2. Make a Plan
  3. Be Informed
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