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


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. 


HVRI partners with the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments, also housed at the University of South Carolina.

2011 Hurricane Evacuation Study

In partnership with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD), USC’s Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute conducted a survey of coastal residents on their past and potential evacuation behavior in response to hurricanes. Click the header to find out more.