Hurricane victims in Florida and along the Gulf Coast have to be asking themselves something survivors of tornadoes, blizzards and earthquakes also wonder: Is there any place you can go that is safe from natural disasters?
The West has earthquakes and wildfires. Move to the Midwest and you could find yourself in Tornado Alley. The Northeast? Blizzards, ice storms and heat waves.
Experts say trying to escape catastrophic weather is a little like trying to escape from, well, the weather. Short of building a new Biosphere, it is pretty near impossible to completely avoid quakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards or heat waves.
"Unfortunately, if you drew a map of the United States, you would find that at least one and most likely two or three of those happen almost everywhere," says Larry Kalkstein, senior research fellow at the University of Delaware's Center for Climatic Research. "Every place has some sort of vulnerability."