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National Preparedness Month: September 2023

Press Release Number CB23-SFS.124

When major disasters strike, visit the U.S. Census Bureau's Emergency Management / Disasters webpage for demographic, economic and resilience information on areas impacted in the United States and its territories. Users can access key Census Bureau emergency management-related resources and data tools, including My Community Explorer, OnTheMap for Emergency Management, Census Business Builder, Community Resilience Estimates.


From Ready.gov, National Preparedness Month, 2023 Theme: Preparing for Older Adults

“The Ready Campaign’s 2023 National Preparedness Month campaign will focus on preparing older adults for disaster, specifically older adults from communities that are disproportionally impacted by the all-hazard events, which continue to threaten the nation.

“We know older adults can face greater risks when it comes to the multitude of extreme weather events and emergencies we now face, especially if they are living alone, are low-income, have a disability or live in rural areas.

“Emergency managers and all those who work with and support older adult communities [can] access the new webpage available in English and Spanish languages at Ready.gov/older-adults and Ready.gov/es/adultos-mayores for initial messaging, graphics and resources.”

Key Stats

From My Community Explorer:

Source: Data Shown on Site.

  • American Community Survey (ACS) – The site includes selected demographic and socioeconomic statistics from the 2017-2021 ACS 5-Year Estimates at the state, county and census tract levels. These include data on poverty, educational attainment and language spoken at home.
  • County Business Patterns (CBP) – The site includes selected business statistics from the 2021 CBP at the state and county levels by 2-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code. These include data on number of establishments, employment and average annual payroll per employee.
  • Nonemployer Statistics (NES) – Selected statistics on self-employed persons from the 2019 NES at the state and county levels by 2-digit NAICS code. These include data on the number of firms and average annual revenue per firm.
  • Community Resilience Estimates (CRE) – The CRE tracks how at-risk every single neighborhood in the United States is to the impacts of COVID-19 and other local disasters, by measuring the capacity of individuals and households at absorbing, enduring and recovering from the external stresses of the impacts of a disaster.

Note: Click on the image above for the full interactive tool.

More Stats

From Census.gov  /  Topics  /  Emergency Management / Disasters

Source: 2009-2023 Quarterly Services Survey (QSS).  

Source: 2021 County Business Patterns (CBP).  

  • NAICS 6242, Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services
  • NAICS 62421, Community Food Services
  • NAICS 62422, Community Housing Services
  • NAICS 62423, Emergency and Other Relief Services

Source: 1978-2020 Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS)

Source: 2017 Economic Census.

Source: 1790 to 2010 Decennial Censuses.

Note: The interactive data visualization above is set to the year 2010. Click on the image to reach the active webpage, which is parked on 1790.  Move the date slider to any decennial census year ending in zero, or click the play icon for the U.S. county population growth from 1790 to 2010.

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Page Last Revised - November 2, 2023
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