Counties with the most emergency shelters in Pennsylvania

(STACKER) — As climate change drives weather to greater extremes, and devastating hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, and blizzards preoccupy an increasing number of Americans, it is hard to avoid comparing the reality of everyday news coverage to the computer-generated images seen in disaster movies.

Over the last 50 years, natural disasters have become five times more common due to climate change, according to the World Meteorological Organization. They’ve also become more economically debilitating—the five most expensive climate disasters in American history have all taken place over the last two decades.

The increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters means that the need for emergency evacuation and shelter plans has never been greater. According to theederal Emergency Management Association, understanding your climate risk, or proximity to probable natural disaster, is an important first step for making a plan. Tools like the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation allow you to assess your risk by location.

Knowing where nearby emergency shelters are located is another way to prepare for the worst. In the event of flooding, hurricane-level winds, or other disasters, emergency shelters offer a place to sleep, and also often provide food, water, and first aid services. Stacker examined the Department of Homeland Security’s National Shelter Systemacilities database to identify the counties with the most emergency shelters in Pennsylvania. Counties are ranked by emergency shelters per 100K people, with total capacity per 100K people serving as a tiebreaker.

#50. Erie County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 27.2 (74 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 8,512,759 people (23,146,446 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 35
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 1

#49. Crawford County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 27.2 (23 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 8,938,187 people (7,552,321 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 10
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#48. Lehigh County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 27.9 (104 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 8,666,241 people (32,281,056 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 51
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#47. Clarion County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 29.3 (11 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 9,679,548 people (3,636,703 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 3
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 1

#46. Clinton County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 31.7 (12 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 9,908,429 people (3,747,764 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 1
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#45. Lycoming County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 32.4 (37 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 10,886,022 people (12,439,893 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 5
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#44. Berks County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 32.6 (139 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 9,842,361 people (42,023,635 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 54
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#43. Adams County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 37.6 (39 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 12,032,698 people (12,487,775 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 5
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 1

#42. Schuylkill County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 38.4 (55 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 12,353,703 people (17,703,845 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 20
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#41. Greene County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 38.6 (14 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 12,532,658 people (4,542,838 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 1
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#40. Luzerne County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 39.7 (129 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 12,637,585 people (41,050,035 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 32
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 4

#39. Snyder County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 40.1 (16 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 13,108,085 people (5,227,111 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 6
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#38. Monroe County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 40.4 (68 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 13,151,587 people (22,111,501 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 35
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#37.ayette County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 40.9 (53 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 12,415,427 people (16,070,901 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 0
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#36. Susquehanna County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 41.1 (16 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 13,842,093 people (5,383,467 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 2
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#35. Elk County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 41.9 (13 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 12,881,719 people (3,998,099 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 3
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#34.orest County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 42.1 (3 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 14,808,398 people (1,054,506 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 0
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#33. Juniata County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 42.4 (10 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 14,074,325 people (3,322,526 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 4
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#32. Mercer County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 43.2 (48 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 13,992,200 people (15,561,565 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 15
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#31. Lebanon County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 43.5 (62 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 13,932,299 people (19,851,576 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 21
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#30. Westmoreland County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 43.9 (156 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 13,541,093 people (48,085,370 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 29
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#29. Wayne County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 44.9 (23 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 14,493,541 people (7,427,070 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 4
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#28. Columbia County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 46.1 (30 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 14,057,525 people (9,139,219 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 10
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 1

#27. Tioga County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 46.2 (19 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 16,354,883 people (6,720,058 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 6
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#26. Northumberland County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 47.9 (44 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 15,341,451 people (14,091,583 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 12
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 3

#25. Cumberland County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 48.2 (124 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 14,715,187 people (37,867,032 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 64
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 2

#24. Blair County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 48.7 (60 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 15,563,239 people (19,163,327 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 1
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#23. Montour County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 49.5 (9 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 14,946,362 people (2,719,939 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 3
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#22. Washington County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 53.1 (111 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 16,193,843 people (33,859,707 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 4
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 1

#21. Pike County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 54.8 (32 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 18,145,893 people (10,587,221 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 10
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 3

#20. Carbon County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 57.1 (37 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 19,699,566 people (12,763,743 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 15
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#19. Somerset County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 57.8 (43 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 18,701,016 people (13,900,652 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 19
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#18. Union County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 60.3 (26 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 18,755,145 people (8,082,342 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 4
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#17. Bradford County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 61.4 (37 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 19,973,848 people (12,030,848 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 11
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#16. McKean County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 61.5 (25 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 20,063,908 people (8,156,380 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 3
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 1

#15. Indiana County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 62.2 (52 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 19,263,365 people (16,108,026 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 30
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#14. Mifflin County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 62.8 (29 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 19,228,174 people (8,874,956 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 14
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#13. Venango County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 66.9 (34 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 22,570,842 people (11,468,245 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 20
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 1

#12. Huntingdon County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 67.5 (30 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 23,102,659 people (10,270,980 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 11
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#11. Warren County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 72.2 (28 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 22,624,482 people (8,776,263 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 2
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#10. Potter County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 72.8 (12 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 25,852,312 people (4,259,944 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 7
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#9. Cambria County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 73.9 (99 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 22,383,459 people (30,004,579 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 64
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 1

#8. Armstrong County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 87.9 (58 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 26,365,007 people (17,392,204 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 27
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 4

#7. Bedford County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 90.1 (43 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 29,779,319 people (14,213,371 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 5
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#6. Clearfield County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 91.7 (74 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 28,353,940 people (22,872,273 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 24
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#5. Wyoming County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 94.7 (25 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 31,531,953 people (8,320,967 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 5
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 2

#4. Jefferson County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 96.6 (43 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 30,702,695 people (13,659,936 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 9
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#3. Cameron County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 108.8 (5 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 33,636,641 people (1,545,940 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 0
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#2.ulton County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 110.1 (16 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 34,963,838 people (5,079,896 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 0
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 0

#1. Sullivan County

– Emergency shelters per 100K people: 134.8 (8 shelters in database)
– Emergency shelter capacity per 100K: 46,423,589 people (2,755,240 total capacity)
– Shelters with generators: 3
– Shelters in 100-year floodplain: 1


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