Time puts Atlantic, Cape May counties as among most disaster prone in nation

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According to Time Magazine, Cape May County is one of the most dangerous places in the nation for natural disasters. Atlantic County is safer, according to the magazine, but still makes the list of top 15 danger spots.

In fact, it appears from Time’s data that New Jersey is an exceptionally disaster prone area.

In a recent posting online, Time listed the safest counties in the nation, based on an analysis of 50 years of data on weather patterns and natural disasters.

The conclusion: Sweet Grass County, Mont., with a population of 3,651 in the last census, is the safest place in the country.

There are no New Jersey counties listed in the top 15 safest places, but six New Jersey counties show up in the list of the 15 most dangerous counties in the nation, with Ocean County coming in at number one. Orange County, Calif. is number two, and Cape May County is number three.

Other listed Jersey counties include Monmouth County, number four, Burlington County, number seven, Atlantic County is number 12 and Camden County closes out the list at number 15.

No Florida counties made the top 15 list.

Ocean, Cape May and Atlantic counties were hit by Hurricane Sandy, one of the biggest natural disasters in American history. But in the listing Orleans Parish, La., where Hurricane Katrina slammed New Orleans in 2005, ranks high for safety from natural disasters, as does St. Bernard Parish, while neighboring Jefferson Parish comes in 2,854 out of 3,144.

No one from the Cape May County department of emergency management was immediately available for comment. 

Time has an interactive map showing every county in the nation, and explaining their methods at http://time.com/safest-counties/. 

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