Mapping fires and American Red Cross aid using demographic data

Posted: March 30, 2017

Certain groups of people may suffer disproportionately during disaster events. Social vulnerability indicators, such as age, race and wealth, and their locations in a community, can help inform disaster relief preparation.

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Records of Los Angeles County house fires over a five-year period, and American Red Cross aid provided in response to them, were mapped to look at the connection between actual events and expectations of risk based on vulnerability indicators. The event locations were then compared with the vulnerability indicators. Fire events were found to occur more frequently in more vulnerable areas, and Red Cross aid was found to have an even stronger relationship to those places. The findings suggest that these indicators speak beyond vulnerability and relate to patterns of fire risk.

Research takeaways

Source: Mapping fires and American Red Cross aid using demographic indicators of vulnerability. Disasters. Vol 41 (2), pg. 409-426. (April 2017).

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