Severe Weather Trend Report

Emergency Preparedness Risk and Resilience Planning

The Weather is Becoming More Volatile

Over the past four decades, extreme weather events have increased, on average, by 4.4% each year in the United States.

The charts below illustrate the dramatic increase in the frequency of billion-dollar disasters from 1980 to 2021.

More than 300 billion-dollar severe weather events have hit the U.S. since 1980.

Each of the colored bubbles in the chart represent a billion-dollar weather disaster.

High-impact disasters have increased significantly since 2007.

Severe storms, including tornadoes and extreme rain/hail/lightning events, are responsible for the majority of billion-dollar disasters.

Extreme weather events are increasing in frequency and cost.

High-intensity storms correlate to the amount of funding needed to repair communities.

Costs associated with severe storm damage jumped significantly in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast.

Communities are Put at Risk When the Lights Go Out

U.S. Electricity Interruptions On The Rise

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. electricity customers experienced a little over eight hours of electric power interruptions in 2020, which is the most since EIA began tracking this information in 2013.

Electricity is a fundamental resource that we rely on – but when it’s not available – propane is a smart solution because of its unique characteristics.

Propane is one of America's most abundant energy sources.

Propane is a readily-available and abundant fuel that already serves nearly 60 percent of the world’s population in various capacities, from heating to operating kitchen appliances. Because propane can produce energy without being connected to the electric grid, it’s a great resource for power resiliency.

This graph illustrates the demand for propane over the past five years, measured in thousands of barrels.

The United States is the world’s leading producer and exporter of propane, and propane supplies far exceed U.S. demand.

Propane Helps Cities Prepare for and Respond to Natural Disasters

It’s a low-emissions fuel that is stored on-site and used directly to power generators. Emergency responders use propane-powered generators to keep their facilities operating and provide warming shelters for their residents.

How Propane Helps During a Weather Emergency

Medical Equipment

Propane is commonly used as a primary and backup power source for lighting, heating, cooking, operating medical equipment and powering infrastructure.

Critical Infrastructure

City leaders and businesses can protect people and critical infrastructure by ensuring they have propane-powered generators and an adequate amount of propane stored on-site.

Propane Case Study

Winter Storm Uri

When Winter Storm Uri disrupted the Texas power grid in February 2021, propane retailers delivered fuel to keep Texans warm.

How at risk are you?

Every area of the country is at risk for severe weather – some more than others.

To see the risk rating for any part of the U.S., enter a county name in the search box or click on the map.

Everyone Should Have A Backup Plan.

Make Sure Propane Is Part Of Your Emergency Checklist.

Propane provides portable, reliable power.

Food & water
Fill home propane tank
Outdoor propane generator
Equipment charger
Outdoor propane stove or grill

What Type Of Generator Do I Need?

Propane can take care of families when the power goes out. A standby generator that uses propane is better for the environment than one that uses diesel or gasoline. Propane is also easy to transport and can be stored indefinitely.

Before making the investment, determine the following:

Do you want to power your entire home?

Do you want to power essentials or other appliances too?


  • Medical device
  • Lighting
  • Heating
  • Water heater
  • Sump pump
  • Well pump


  • Electric oven/stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Laundry machines w/gas dryer
  • Electric dryer
  • Garage door

Every community has propane providers that can provide standby power options and ensure propane tanks remain full, especially when bad weather is approaching.

Additional Resources for Emergency Planning