Brusentsev and Vroman address six key disaster-related questions:
1. What do we know about disasters in the United States?
2. Has there been an increase in their frequency?
3. What are the financial costs associated with disasters?
4. What compensation, including social assistance, is available to survivors?
5. Where is each type of disaster likely to occur?
6. How can disasters be mitigated?
Their statistical analysis shows that declarations of disasters has increased at a rate much faster that the rate of population growth, that disaster risks of climate change tend to be concentrated in urban areas, and that there is a statistically significant association between disasters and the increase in global temperature.