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Stats for Stories: *Special Edition* Hurricane Maria

Press Release Number CB17-SFS.81

Sept. 17 – ongoing as of Sept. 20 2017

Public Advisories from the National Hurricane Center

Using Census Bureau Data for Emergency Response and Recovery

When hurricanes strike, timely information is key in guiding effective operations for emergency response, mitigation and recovery. The U.S. Census Bureau has publicly available statistics and free tools, including:

American Community Survey (ACS): The only reliable and timely source of comprehensive social, economic, housing and demographic characteristics of the U.S. population at the community level.

American FactFinder: A detailed data tool that allows you to access over 11 billion statistics from the ACS every year on topics such as language, disability status, vehicle availability and much more.

Census Business Builder: Regional Analyst Edition–2.2: A new tool built for chambers of commerce and regional planning staff who need a broad portrait of the people and businesses in a user-defined region.

OnTheMap for Emergency Management: An intuitive, web-based data tool that allows you to access detailed workforce, population and housing characteristics for the hurricane areas in real time.

Key Stats:

OnTheMap for Emergency Management provides real-time access to a range of detailed U.S. Census Bureau data about the people living and working in in federal disaster declaration areas and areas being affected by hurricanes, floods, wildfires and winter storms. 

Sources: 2010 Decennial Census data, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-year estimates, and 2014 Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES).

OnTheMap for Emergency Management (Hurricane Maria)

More Stats:

Source: Census.gov, Topics, Emergency Preparedness

Note: Regional Analyst Edition is built for chambers of commerce and regional planning staff who need a broad portrait of the people and businesses in their service area. It presents data for all sectors of the economy and for a user-defined region made up of one or more areas.

Source: QuickFacts - Statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. QuickFacts data are derived from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Estimates, American Community Survey, Census of Population and Housing, Current Population Survey, Small Area Health Insurance Estimates, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, State and County Housing Unit Estimates, County Business Patterns, Nonemployer Statistics, Economic Census, and Survey of Business Owners and from building permits.


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