ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Think you’re a weather buff who knows their stuff? See if you can correctly guess this WFXR Weather Trivia question!
Fill in the Blank: About 75% of all presidential disaster declarations are associated with __________.
Did you guess correctly? Look below for the answer:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says the President of the United States can declare a major disaster for any natural event that “the President determines has caused damage of such severity that it is beyond the combined capabilities of state and local governments to respond,” These natural disasters can include any hurricane, tornado, thunderstorm, high water, wind-driven water, tidal wave, tsunami, earthquake, volcanic eruption, landslide, mudslide, snowstorm, drought, fire, flood, or explosion.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), approximately 75% of all presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding.
Flooding is a coast-to-coast threat in the United States that can happen at any time during the year. Floods can occur for a number of reasons, including heavy rains, onshore waves, snowmelt, or when dams or levees break.