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Title: Knowing Your Own Community: Conducting a Social Vulnerability Assessment


1
Knowing Your Own Community Conducting a
Social Vulnerability Assessment
  • Sessions 24-26

2
Sessions Objectives
  • Evaluate a sample Community Vulnerability
    Assessment
  • Develop a plan for completing the components of a
    Vulnerability Assessment (other than Societal
    Analysis) for one geographical area
  • Complete the Societal Analysis portion for one
    community

3
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4
Community Vulnerability Analysis
5
New Hanover Societal Analysis
  • Identified areas of special consideration
  • Concentrations of
  • Poor
  • Elderly
  • Minorities
  • Single-parent families
  • Low education rates
  • High public assistance
  • Renters
  • No private vehicles
  • Identified where these intersect with hazards

6
Uses of a CVA
  • Provides systematic inventory
  • Establishes a baseline for mitigation
  • Locates hazardous areas in relation to vulnerable
    populations
  • Provides basis for establishing priorities
  • Involves a variety of parties in process
  • Increases community awareness

7
Class Projects
  • Identification of community location,
    geographical boundaries, political boundaries,
    general demographics
  • Brief Hazards Identification and Analysis
  • Societal Analysis (most important section)
  • Population groups and location on map
  • Community level factors Some examples
  • Identification of High Risk Areas
  • Plan for completion of other components of CVA
  • Description of how CVA would be useful

8
Societal Analysis
  • Categories of socially vulnerable groups
  • Poor
  • Minorities
  • Low educational levels
  • Female-headed households
  • Elders/Disabled
  • Renters/Transients
  • Locations of high concentration

Possible Data Sources U.S. Census School
records Immigration services Local aging
agency Special needs registries Property tax
records Facilities locations
9
Community Level Factors
  • Social Structure
  • Government
  • Social services
  • Social organizations
  • Neighborhood groups
  • Social networks
  • Leadership

10
Community Data Collection
  • Interview community leaders
  • Locate government services, organizations
  • Consult community directories
  • Social services
  • Churches and religious groups
  • Volunteer service organizations
  • Check announcements in local newspapers
  • Look for intra-governmental agreements
  • Survey sample of residents
  • Others?

11
Community Vulnerability Assessment Assignment
  1. Brief overview of Hazards, Critical Facilities,
    Economic and Environmental Sections
  • Complete Societal
  • Analysis Component
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