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Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Tool (RVAT)

A risk and vulnerability assessment helps to identify people, property, and resources that are at risk of injury, damage, or loss from hazardous incidents or natural hazards. This information is important to help determine and prioritize the precautionary measures that can make a community more disaster-resistant.

Through the Coastal Storms Program, staff from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration worked with officials in Brevard and Volusia Counties, Florida, to demonstrate effective tools and methods for making these assessments. These tools and methods are easily adaptable to other communities and areas.

Not Sure What Hazards May Impact You?
Use the Hazards Locator Tool to see if a storm could impact your family.

What you'll find on this site

  • Risk and Vulnerability Assessment — learn how to use the Community Vulnerability Assessment Tool (CVAT), an easy-to-use, adaptable, multi-step process that includes the following analyses: Hazard Identification; Critical Facilities, Societal, Economic, and Environmental Vulnerability; and Mitigation Opportunities
  • Interactive Mapping — analyze data to determine the locations of vulnerable people, property, and natural resources within Brevard and Volusia Counties
  • Community Rating System — review activities for increasing flood protection and reducing flood risk and insurance premiums
  • Storm Surge Visualization — view 3-D storm surge animations depicting projected inundation due to flooding from hurricanes and tropical storms
Interested in Developing a Risk and Vulnerability Assessment
in Your Area?

View the Coastal Storms Program — Florida Pilot Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Tool Lessons Learned Report (3 MB PDF).

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