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High Risk/Vulnerable Individuals

To help local governments better plan for disaster recovery for their residents, it would helpful to know which areas contained high risk/vulnerable individuals. These individuals might include the elderly, small children, disabled individuals, those who are language isolated, and those who do not have access to a vehicle. Creation of heat maps, or other visualizations of these populations can help emergency management offices across the country better prepare to minimize the possible loss of life and human suffering in the event of a natural or man-made hazard that can affect their community.


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    I was about to add something similar, and saw your contribution. I think it's a very useful idea. I also wonder if it might be possible to make an app for use during emergencies where people can request rides from point A to point B, others can offer rides, and the app can match people up. I am thinking in particular of ridesharing during the Boston bombings and during Katrina.

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    Tiffany Julian

    I think you could also include low educational attainment as a proxy for literacy.

    I would also include a way to provide data on demand about the specific languages spoken in the selected area, when looking at language isolation (note that the Census Bureau doesn't use that term any more in our tables but we do still produce data on that concept).

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    Community Member

    An extension would be to allow the APP to overlay any other agencies data. For example, the Department of Homeland Security will have different requirements than NOAA. Or, the EPA or DOT may have useful data that may complement ACS.

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      Community Member

      Another example is storm surge. Miami may care about storm surge before storm while Kansas City wouldn't. If the app can allow for cities to overlay their data with ACS, cities can make data based decisions.

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    Community Member

    Given the recent Oklahoma tornado tragedy, plotting schools, college and other vulnerable locations would be useful. IPEDS, CCD and PSS are three education surveys you can start with.

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