American Disasters - Great Wisconsin Disasters
Reviewed Resources for Students and Teachers
Great American Disasters State by State
Alabama - Alaska - Arizona - Arkansas - California - Colorado - Connecticut - Delaware - Florida - Georgia - Hawaii - Idaho - Illinois - Indiana - Iowa - Kansas - Kentucky - Louisiana - Maine - Maryland - Massachusetts - Michigan - Minnesota - Mississippi - Missouri - Montana - Nebraska - Nevada - New Hampshire - New Jersey - New Mexico - New York - North Carolina - North Dakota - Ohio - Oklahoma - Oregon - Pennsylvania - Rhode Island - South Carolina - South Dakota - Tennessee - Texas - Utah - Vermont - Virginia - Washington - West Virginia - Wisconsin - Wyoming
These pages do not begin to cover all the disasters that have
taken place in every state. There is also controversy over
what constitutes and defines a "great" disaster from any other kind.
All disasters are "great" to those directly involved in them.
So these pages are a mix of "great" and "not so great" disasters. The major disasters are all covered in the larger sites I have linked to as resources and the rest are related items of interest.
For example, you might not find a particular major disaster on this list, but it may be included in a site such as gendisasters.com, which is one of the resources found here.
This is an excellent place to begin your research. The links found here lead to an ever widening amount of information. Good luck in your efforts.
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FEMA: Wisconsin State Disaster History __ Wisconsin Disaster History.
Major Disaster Declarations. Click on the 'disaster #' on the right side of
the list to access detailed information including images and more. -
illustrated - From FEMA -
The Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871 __ "On the evening of October 8, 1871 the worst recorded forest fire in North American history raged through Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, destroying millions of dollars worth of property and timberland, and taking between 1,200 and 2,400 lives." Learn what else was burning at the same time. - illustrated - From Deana C. Hipke - http://www.peshtigofire.info/
Historic Disasters: Wisconsin Disasters __ You will find a list of
Wisconsin disasters. Each list entry is a live link to additional
information. - From olddisasters.blogspot.com -
New Richmond Tornado __ "The New Richmond Tornado was an unprecedented disaster in the northern Great Plains. It nearly destroyed the village of New Richmond, Wisconsin on June 12, 1899, killing 117 and injuring 125 people." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Richmond_Tornado
Peshtigo Fire __ "The Peshtigo Fire in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, has the
distinction of being the conflagration that caused the most deaths by fire
in United States history." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - from
Wausau, WI Flood, Jul 1912 __ "...Damage estimated at $250,000 was caused by the breaking of two dams in the Wisconsin river north of here today. No lives were lost here but for a time it was believed several farm houses had been carried away." Information about the event. - From gendisasters.com - http://www.gendisasters.com/data1/wi/floods/wausau-flood-jul1912.htm
Western Wisconsin Derecho __ "The Western Wisconsin Derecho was a derecho, or severe weather system, that occurred through several counties of Western Wisconsin on July 15, 1980." A detailed encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Wisconsin_Derecho
What was the Peshtigo Fire? __ You will find a brief article which includes some speculation to its cause. - illustrated - From quezi.com - http://quezi.com/11191
Wisconsin Disaster Health and Safety Tips __ "The Wisconsin Disaster Health and Safety Tips series is meant to provide recommendations to avoid potential safety and health concerns that may occur as a result of a tornado, flooding, utility interruption or outage, and heat-related illness." - From wisconsin.gov - http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/health/injuryprevention/DisasterHealthSafety/index.htm
Wisconsin Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and more __
"Events that touched our ancestor's lives: Wisconsin floods, fires,
Tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions, train wrecks,
..." This and much more. - illustrated - From gendisasters.com -
Wisconsin Earthquake Information __ An overview and history of earthquakes in Wisconsin. - From usgs.gov - http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/states.php?regionID=49