beach flooding A laundry machine sits in a flooded section of what used to be a four-lane national scenic byway and is now covered in sand after Hurricane Matthew hit the tiny beach community of Edisto Beach, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season was excessively active and extremely destructive, ranking as the fifth-most active hurricane season since record keeping began in the mid-19th century.

There were several record-breaking natural disasters during the 2017 disaster season, including hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, which were followed by wildfires that killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes. These storms, combined with other natural disasters, such as mudslides, fires, floods and storms, led to the realization that Americans need to be better prepared to deal with the repercussions of a disaster.

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