Presentation on the Social Vulnerability Index (SoVI)

Presentation on the Social Vulnerability Index (SoVI) by Christopher Emrich of the University of South Carolina (June 12, 1 pm EDT/10 am PDT/5 pm GMT). The Social Vulnerability Index (SoVI®) 2006-10 measures the social vulnerability of U.S. counties to environmental hazards. The index is a comparative metric that graphically illustrates geographic variation in social vulnerability by county and can help determine where resources might be used most effectively to reduce pre-existing vulnerability. SoVI® is also useful as an indicator in determining the differential recovery from disasters. The index synthesizes 30 socioeconomic variables which the research literature suggests contribute to reduction in a community’s ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from hazards. The data are culled from national data sources, primarily from the United States Census Bureau. Learn more about SoVI at

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