Tornados, etc. (Re: Grading the gov't (was Re: G & J, in cahoots?))

From: Matt Jensen (
Date: Tue Mar 20 2001 - 18:52:47 PST

On Tue, 20 Mar 2001 wrote:

> In a message dated 3/20/01 7:51:53 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> writes:
> << BTW, Austin's not really considered to be in Tornado Alley. >>
> i can wish, can't i?

Here are some national tornado risk maps. Since the whole Midwest is a
risk area, but the risk to any given person is small, I find it hard to
blame tornado victims for living there.

I haven't found a national flood risk map. Of course, you need to be
pretty close to water, except for 100-year floods and such, so the maps
are going to be pretty local. I do think insuring people who build in
high-risk flood paths is largely misguided.

There's a very cool tool from ESRI and FEMA that lets you make localized
maps of your own risk of flood, earthquake, hail storm, tornado, or wind
storm. Check it out!

I looked for Washington's recent earthquake, and whoomp, there it is.

-Matt Jensen

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