Stafford Act Declarations 1953-2011

Since 1953 the number of declarations issued each year has steadily increased. The average number of major disaster declarations issued from 1960 to 1969 was roughly 18 per year. In contrast, the average number of major disaster declarations issued from 2000 to 2009 was 56 per year. The highest number was declared in 2011, with 99 major disaster declarations.