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SEPT. 27, 2016 — Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey provide communities with the information they need to make informed decisions. A new video highlights how the New Orleans Fire Department and the New Orleans Office of Performance and Accountability used block group-level data from the American Community Survey five-year estimates to help save lives. They identified homes that were most in need of smoke alarms and have distributed over 10,000 smoke alarms to New Orleans residents since March 2015. Visit to watch the video and learn more.

In conjunction with the City of New Orleans and Enigma, the Census Bureau will also be hosting a webinar on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. EDT to show how you can start a similar project in your community using free tools and public data, such as Smoke Signals and the American Community Survey. Enigma's Smoke Signals is an open source civic analytics tool that helps local communities determine which city blocks are at the highest risk of not having a smoke alarm. Learn more by visiting the ACS Events page at

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