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View video with Dennis Mileti on using social science in scenario

View video with Dennis Mileti on using social science in scenario
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What are the kinds of information and data available in your community that can be built on as part of scenario development?

  • Hazard data, including historic earthquakes
    Working with the types of people and organizations listed under Resources Available, it is important to begin by gathering all known data on the earthquake hazard. Published reports, historic accounts, academic proceedings are all places to start to see what information exists.
  • Building stock inventory
    Finding out if there is any kind of building inventory in the community can be useful if HAZUS is used (these community data can replace default data), and they can also inform the scenario in terms of identifying classes and numbers of buildings that are potential vulnerable
  • Infrastructure data
    Working with local utilities and transportation agencies, try and gather data on basic infrastructure in the community (power, water, transportation and communication networks). These data can sometimes be difficult to get, so it may be necessary to generalize
  • Demographic data
    Understanding who lives or works in your community or organization, depending on the scale of the scenario, is critical to developing a realistic picture of what might happen in an earthquake. Basic data are available from the U.S. Census and from state agencies; specialized data may be available from local universities and community-based organizations
  • Economic data
    Economic data are important in understanding the resilience of a community or organization, its ability to prepare for and recover from a future event. Data are available from similar sources as demographic data: federal and state agencies as well as local universities
  • Cultural and historical data
    These data are important in understanding the character of a community–for example, historic development patterns, cultural traditions represented in the community,experience with earthquakes