Natural Disaster Impact Assessment Using OnTheMap for Emergency Management

Organizational Author(s): U.S. Census Bureau

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Natural disaster assessments rarely include a consideration of worker and business disruptions with its impacts to the labor market. 

However, OnTheMap for Emergency Management uses a geographic display of an area's profile and its labor shed to estimate data on a number of factors, including the number of disaster-related unemployment insurance initial claims that may result from any given disaster event.  

The Census Bureau's OnTheMap for Emergency Management

OnTheMap for Emergency Management is a public data tool that provides an intuitive web-based interface for accessing U.S. population and workforce statistics, in real time, for areas being affected by natural disasters. The tool allows users to retrieve reports containing detailed workforce, population, and housing characteristics for hurricanes, floods, wildfires, winter storms, and federal disaster declaration areas. 

OnTheMap for Emergency Management provides real-time access to a range of detailed U.S. Census Bureau data about the people living and working in areas being affected by hurricanes, floods, wildfires, winter storms, and federal disaster declaration areas.
 
Statistical data sources include 2010 Decennial Census data, 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates, and 2014 Longitudinal Employer-Household (LEHD) Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES).
 
 

Webinars on Natural Disaster Assessment Using OnTheMap

Our ETA webinar will demonstrate a step-by-step method for using the Census Bureau’s OnTheMap (OTM) for Emergency Management tool to study labor market characteristics in disaster-impacted areas.

The presenters discuss use of the OTM area profile and labor shed reports to estimate the number of disaster-related unemployment insurance initial claims that may result from a disaster event.

Other presentations on OTM for Emergency Management are provided in the Census LED Webinars series.