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HVRI Resources


SHELDUS™  is the most comprehensive database of hazard loss and mortality for the United States, spanning from 1960 to present. SHELDUS™ contains county-level hazard loss data for 18 different natural hazards. With the release of version 15.2 you can find and download every loss causing and/or deadly event from 1960 to present. Follow the link above to start searching for data.


The Social Vulnerability Index (SoVI®) 2010-2014 measures the social vulnerability of all United States counties to environmental hazards. The index was created using 29 socieconomic variables, which research literature suggests contribute to the reduction in a community's ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from hazards. 

SoVI® Data

Download the tract level data by state for SoVI 2010-2014. Also download county SoVI scores 2010-2014.

Socioeconomic Impacts of Natural Hazards

Examine the geographic distribution of hazards in the U.S. in this interactive web application developed for the Marian Koshland Science Museum in Washington D.C.  Where are economic losses the highest?  Which is the deadliest hazard?  Which hazards cause the most losses?  Are losses increasing over time? How hazardous is your state?

 Baseline Resilience Indicators for Communities (BRIC)

The BRIC index considers six broad categories of community disaster resilience: social, economic, community capital, institutional, infrastructural, and environmental at the county level.  Used as an initial baseline for monitoring existing attributes of resilience to natural hazards, BRIC can be used to compare places to one another, to determine the specific drivers of resilience for counties, and to monitor improvements in resilience over time. Download the county BRIC scores for 2014. 

Mississippi Recovery

See the results of our 10 years of field work along the Mississippi Coast in tracking the recovery from Hurricane Katrina (2005). 

Hugo Then and Now

On September 9, 1989 Hurricane Hugo formed near the Cape Verde Islands. It moved across the Atlantic getting as powerful as a Category 5 hurricane before hitting both the Caribbean and South Carolina as a Category 4. Hurricane Hugo was responsible for 34 fatalities in the Caribbean as well as 27 more fatalities in South Carolina. It left nearly 100,000 people homeless and resulted in damages totaling around 10 billion US dollars. At the time it was the costliest hurricane to hit the United States.


The Integrated Hazards Assessment Tool is a resource developed by HVRI that makes visualizing multiple aspects of a natural hazard event in South Carolina possible. Check the different hazards, critical facilities, and vulnerabilities in your county.