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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.


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.