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HVRI Resources

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 2010 and 2015. 


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--HazDash

Examine the geographic distribution of hazards in the U.S. in this interactive web application.  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?


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 16.1 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. Starting in January 2018 SHELDUS™ has a new home at Arizona State University. 

Mississippi Recovery

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