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Author

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus

North America, United States

National Risk Index

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Synopsis
  • This interactive map allows students to visualize the risk, expected annual loss, social vulnerability, and community resilience to extreme weather events in the United States.
  • This is a great way to learn about where different weather risks may be concentrated in the United States and which areas have fewer weather risks.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Students can create their own detailed report comparing up to 20 community risk indices using the Create Report tool.
  • By clicking on the map, students can explore their county's risk index, annual loss, vulnerability, and resilience.

Additional Prerequisites

  • To view the key for the Risk Index map, click on the Learn More tab at the top of the page.
  • It may be best to review the definition of a risk index, expected annual loss, social vulnerability, and community resilience by clicking on the Learn More tab before using the tool.

Differentiation

  • Ask students why it is crucial to consider social vulnerability and community resilience when addressing the effects of natural hazards and climate change.
  • Have students consider why some communities may be more or less exposed and vulnerable to natural hazards.
  • This resource can be used in science classes during lessons about the effects of climate change on extreme weather and in social studies classes during lessons about climate justice and the links between inequality, race, financial wealth, vulnerability, and resilience.
Scientist Notes
This map of the national risk index shows how the U.S. is vulnerable to and resilient to various environmental and social problems. The resource is advised for use in the classroom because the map layers and data are adequately depicted.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
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