Unless you are new to the region, most residents in Southwest Louisiana know this area of the country is prone to hurricanes. In recent years, they've been stronger and more prevalent. Hurricane Laura is a perfect example. The 2020 storm nearly wiped Calcasieu Parish off the map. Southwest Louisiana is just getting back on its feet from all the devastation.

The season has just started, but people living along Louisiana's Gulf of Mexico feel a little anxious. For good reason. Many experts predict an above-average 2024 hurricane season. Well, here we go again, ya'll.

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FEMA INTERACTIVE MAP SHOWS LOUISIANA'S DISASTER RISK INDEX

Thanks to FEMA, the U.S. map lists each state's risk index and probability of being struck by a natural disaster, including hurricanes. The map is color-coded, with a legend, and easy to read. Dark Blue means the risk is Very Low, while Red means the risk is Very High. This map is perfect for commuters and anyone considering moving and relocating.

Click on the state, Parish, County, or Borough, and a window opens on the right, revealing a national and state risk percentile for natural disasters and vulnerability compared to other states nationwide. Unfortunately, Calcasieu, Louisiana, is Red, showing a Very High hurricane risk index score of 96.91.

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The Parish is also at high risk for other disasters, such as ice storms, hail storms, flooding, lightning storms, tornados, heat waves, etc., which is so not cool! On the other hand, Calcasieu Parish has a Very Low-Risk index for avalanches, earthquakes, landslides, strong winds, and volcanos. Hey, it could be worse.

Click Here To View The FEMA Risk Map For The United States

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