12 States and Territories with the Most Disaster Declarations in 2011

President Obama is close to breaking his own record.

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Minnesota

Disaster Declarations: 3

Emergency Declarations: 0

Severe storms and flooding in mid-March put Minnesota on the map for its first major disaster declaration of the year. Then, on May 21 and 22, another round of storms, this time accompanied with tornadoes, was deemed a major disaster, and in July similar weather also earned the major disaster designation.

Massachusetts

Disaster Declarations: 2

Emergency Declarations: 1

An emergency declaration on August 26 in advance of Hurricane Irene brought Massachusetts into the top 12 list for the year, but earlier in the year, a severe snowstorm in mid-January and tornadoes on June 1 earned the state two major disaster declarations.

Mississippi

Disaster Declarations: 2

Emergency Declarations: 1

President Obama declared an emergency to respond to flooding that begun on April 27 in Mississippi. Later, damage from that flooding, and from storms and tornadoes that occurred around that same time, earned the state its first major declaration of the year. The second major disaster was declared on May 11 after floods struck different areas of the state on May 3.

Nebraska

Disaster Declarations: 2

Emergency Declarations: 1

Over the summer, Nebraska received an emergency declaration for floods that began on June 17. On August 12, the state earned two major disaster declarations in the same day in response to flooding that started in late May and to severe storms and tornadoes that hit parts of the state in June.

New York

Disaster Declarations: 2

Emergency Declarations: 1

Though the downstate snowstorm occurred just after Christmas in 2010, a major disaster was declared for the extreme winter weather in New York on February 18. Then storms, tornadoes, flooding, and winds from April 26 to May 8 caused the president to declare a second major disaster for the year. The emergency declaration in preparation of Hurricane Irene, on August 26, makes New York one of three eastern states to make the list.

North Dakota

Disaster Declarations: 2

Emergency Declarations: 1

Severe flooding that began on Valentine's Day this year was enough to merit both an emergency declaration and later, a disaster declaration. And although it came late in the season, North Dakota had another major disaster declaration in response to a severe winter storm from April 29 to May 1.

Puerto Rico

Disaster Declarations: 2

Emergency Declarations: 1

The first area in the country to be affected by Hurricane Irene, the president first declared an emergency on August 22, and then later, on August 27, he issued a major disaster declaration for Puerto Rico. That's in addition to the major disaster declared over storms, flooding, mudslides, and landslides that hit the island territory between May 20 and June 8.

Vermont

Disaster Declarations: 2

Emergency Declarations: 1

President Obama declared an emergency in Vermont following the worst of Hurricane Irene on August 29. That adds to a major disaster declared for storms and flooding that happened between April 23 and May 9, and another major disaster declared for similar weather at the end of May.

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