The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a new data visualization tool that allows people to explore and record historic federal disaster declarations by state, county, hazard, or year.
Users can see the number of disaster declarations and the types of hazards – such as fires, floods, storms, tornadoes, and mudslides – that have occurred in each state, county, or tribal nation. FEMA also provides graphs representing the financial costs associated with disaster preparedness and relief, and links to resources encouraging emergency readiness efforts.
According to Rafael Lemaitre, director of public affairs for FEMA, the agency created this data visualization tool as part of the OpenFEMA initiative, an ongoing effort to educate communities about disaster preparedness. FEMA hopes to accomplish this by including everyone in data collection and conveying disaster-related statistics in an approachable way.