This paper presents a procedure for detailed information about the losses due to natural hazards in the USA that is valuable for the purpose of providing guidance to the public and to hazard mitigation planners. In a new manner, the losses are presented regionally on a per event basis, highlighting not only the total losses due to hazards, but also the largest values of loss that have been experienced. Histograms are then constructed for the full range of outcomes, since there is no evidence that perception of risk to natural hazards is limited to either average values or the single extreme. It is believed that such full information concerning each hazard will be of assistance to planners in the different regions of the USA as they communicate natural hazard risk to the public, and gauge the public reaction to perceptions of risk. With this new framework, those involved in hazard mitigation should find additional useful information, and the public will have the ability to be better educated as to the likelihood and outcomes of certain natural hazards occurring in their area.
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- The regional consequences of individual natural hazard events
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