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Social vulnerability and disaster-related health outcomes
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    United States. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Geospatial Research, Analysis & Services Program.
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    Social vulnerability is a topic of interest in disaster management but the scope of its utility is still undefined. CDC’s Geospatial Research, Analysis, and Services Program is evaluating the benefits of considering social vulnerability in the 4 phases of disaster management - preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation. The presented studies suggest that social vulnerability is more useful for predicting mortality and morbidity in less extreme disaster scenarios. Further study should be completed.

    Social vulnerability describes a community’s resilience to hazards based on its socio-economic and demographic characteristics, in contrast to the physical vulnerability of its natural and built environment.

    Poster presented at 2016 Esri User Conference.


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