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HVRI Resources

SHELDUS™ Data

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.

SoVI®

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 county level scores by state for SoVI 2010-2014. Also download county SoVI maps.

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). 

IHAT

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.