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National Preparedness Month: September 2018

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Hurricane Harvey Impacts - Aftermath

Presidential Proclamation 2017


From Ready.gov, National Preparedness Month:

“National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.   

“Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornados. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.

“The devastating hurricanes and wildfires of 2017 reminded the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters. Often, we will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community.”

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Using U.S. Census Bureau Data for Emergency Preparedness:

The 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 - 2.4: 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:

Source: 2013 American Housing Survey.

The American Housing Survey is the most comprehensive national housing survey in the United States. To better understand the needs of first responders and other emergency workers, the 2013 survey asked U.S. residents how prepared they are for disasters.

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Note: The American Housing Survey is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. It is the most comprehensive housing survey in the United States. National data are collected every odd-numbered year, and metropolitan area data are collected on a rotating basis.

More Stats:

From Census.gov > Topics > Emergency Preparedness.


Source: 2016 County Business Patterns.

Table CB1600A12, Geography Area Series: County Business Patterns by Legal Form of Organization


Source: 2012 Economic Census.

Table EC1200A1, All sectors: Geographic Area Series: Economy-Wide Key Statistics.


From Industry Snapshots:

Key statistics from three Census Bureau economic programs, as well as per capita ratios using data from Population Estimates.


Source: Decennial Censuses 1790 to 2010.

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Note: The interactive data visualization above is set to the year 2010. Click on the image to reach the active webpage and move the date slider to any decennial census year ending in zero, or click the play icon to see the U.S. population grow from 1790 to 2010.

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