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COMMUNITY VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT
A vulnerability assessment can serve as the basis for developing strategies for reducing the risks from disasters. The assessment helps a community to: Estimate the number of people at risk, including people with special needs, identify the number and location of buildings at risk, including critical facilities such as hospitals and schools, and examine the communication links and networks that are vulnerable to disruption during and after a disaster, including informal networks of communication such as church groups.
How to Get Started
A participatory process for assessing a community's vulnerability to hazards―and for incorporating relevant data and information about hazards and climate into ongoing local planning and decision-making. Developed by NOAA's Coastal Services Center.
Provides the tools and information communities need to understand and address coastal flooding. Developed by NOAA's Coastal Services Center.
This tool queries the hazards data to determine the hazards zone(s) for the location (Website users identify the location by address, owner name, or by clicking on the map). Typical users include planning and permitting departments, residents applying for building permits, hazard mitigation officials, and natural resource planners. The tool's functionality can be set up for any location that has the required data and resources. Developed by NOAA's Coastal Services Center.
A guide to engaging communities in understanding social and physical vulnerability to disasters. Emergency Preparedness Demonstration Project (March 2009): Project conducted by UNC Institute for the Environment and MDC, Inc.