Identifying and mapping vulnerable areas in your community can reveal highly vulnerable hotspots. Vulnerability hotspots are exposed to hazards, and have both physical vulnerabilities and social vulnerabilities. Mapping these three community characteristics can reveal patterns that may not have been understood otherwise.
Coastal communities should generate surge and sea level rise risk maps as a fact basis for decision making. This map shows surge risk for Galveston Bay and the Port of Houston.
Hazard exposuresMost hazards are predictable, and many hazards can be depicted geographically. Some common hazards to map include, floodplains, wind risk, fire risk, surge zones, hazardous material sites, and sea level rise. Map these hazards in your community. There are a number of resources available to obtain these data from sources like NOAA, the IPCC, and the EPA.
Public schools in surge zones. Hurricane surge zones 1-5 are shown overlaid with public schools. You can see the devastating effect of a hurricane along the upper Texas coast if mitigation measures are not taken.