Another way the federal government tracks severe weather is through the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s (FEMA) disaster declarations. When an extreme weather event occurs in the United States, an affected state or Indian tribal government can contact a FEMA regional office to request aid by showing that an effective storm response is beyond their capabilities. This request is then sent to the President, who makes the decision to issue a disaster declaration. A national disaster declaration means the federal government will cover a minimum of 75 percent of the costs of response and recovery in the affected area. The map below shows the number of times the President issued a disaster declaration for each U.S. county from December 1964 to October 2016. Some counties, such as Walsh, North Dakota, have had more than 30 federally-declared disasters, which indicates that some areas are being repeatedly hit by strong storms, or may not have the necessary capabilities to respond and adapt. Scroll over your county to see what its final tally is, as well as the most common disaster types.