Report: Natural disasters on the rise in Arkansas

ARKANSAS (KNWA/KFTA) — The natural state has seen a 135% increase in natural disasters over the past 40 years.

A study by QuoteWizard found that there were 77 natural disasters between 1981 and 2021. Disasters could cause more than $10 billion in damage. The QuoteWizard research analyst said the whole country is experiencing more severe weather.

“What we’ve really seen is just an increase in these natural disasters that have just been, quite frankly, shocking,” VinZant said.

Helen Newbery of the Center for Arkansas Legal Services said getting insurance for your home will be critical as the state continues to see more and more natural disasters.

“Increase the incidents we’re seeing, people really need to start thinking about looking at their insurance, getting insurance,” Newberry said.

Newberry said it was important to prepare now for the weather. She recommends making electronic copies of important documents in case they are damaged by the weather and preparing a kit with essential items.

The Center for Arkansas Legal Services offers an online toolkit to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. You can find that here.

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