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FEMA Ranks Los Angeles County 'Most Dangerous In U.S'
When you think of Los Angeles— you think of the great weather year-round, beaches, nature trails and even the nightlife. You may also associate it with wildfires, earthquakes, floods, landslides and extreme heat or droughts.
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) recently released its ranking for the most dangerous counties in the country due to natural disasters, and Los Angeles was ranked number 1.
The calculations were based on how often disasters happen, the size of the county’s population, how socially vulnerable the population is, and how adequately an area can go back to normal. Los Angeles’ population makes makes it a primary target for natural disasters, and the amount of people affected. Although COVID-19 was not a factor in this year’s ranking, Los Angeles is still considered one of the epicenters of COVID outbreaks.
FEMA’s ‘top 10’ most dangerous list was rounded out by three counties in New York City—The Bronx, New York County (Manhattan), and Kings County (Brooklyn). Miami, Philadelphia, Dallas, St. Louis, and California’s Riverside and San Bernardino counties also made the list.
Loudoun County, a Washington D.C. suburb, earned the title of safest county in the country.