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Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute

Historic Inequities in Disaster Losses: Identifying Disaster-Prone Places

This project examined the geographic variability in historical hazard events and associated losses to see if the impact of these hazards is disproportionately found in low income and/or minority counties. To determine the spatial and temporal variability, two separate databases were constructed: a georeferenced database of natural hazard events and losses from 1950-to the present; county-level socioeconomic profiles generated for the same time period using Census data. (S. Cutter and D. Mileti, PIs, National Science Foundation)

Boruff, B. J., J. A. Easoz, S. D. Jones, H. R. Landry, J. D. Mitchem, and S. L. Cutter. 2003. "Tornado hazards in the United States." Climate Research 24: 103-117.

Cutter, S.L., B.J. Boruff, and W.L. Shirley. 2003. “Social Vulnerability to Environmental Hazards.” Social Science Quarterly 84(1): 242-261.