Put bluntly, no state is entirely free of natural disasters. Delaware comes close, but it’s also one of the smallest states in the nation, with a population of fewer than one million people.
That being said, different states have different kinds of disasters. For example, flash floods and hurricanes occur mostly on the southern coast of the US, while wildfires tend to happen mostly on the west coast.3
Even states that are usually safe can be suddenly struck by disaster. Vermont, for example, has had an influx of natural disasters in recent years (especially floods).4
The state is still recovering from Hurricane Irene, which caused over $733 million in damage back in 2007.5
There are many reasons why Americans are moving to western and southern states, but rather than try to move to a disaster-free state, focus on taking steps to stay safe where you live. Know what kind of disasters strike in your area and be prepared for them. If you’re in a wildfire-prone area, have an evacuation plan. If you live in a tornado-heavy area, make sure everyone in your family knows what to do when they see a funnel cloud.
Likewise, ensure you have homeowners or renters insurance—and make sure that insurance covers the natural disasters in your area. Most insurance excludes flood damage, for example.6 If you’re in a flood-prone area, get additional flood coverage.