In late March, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will release major updates to the National Risk Index. Updates will include Census 2020 data and geographies, risk assessment for U.S. territories, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Social Vulnerability data, shifting all scores to percentiles, adding risk metrics for trend analyses and more.
The National Risk Index shows the communities most at risk to 18 natural hazards. FEMA officially launched the National Risk Index in August 2021. Since then, it has become a key tool to helping communities better learn and reduce their risk. It can support mitigation planning, community preparedness and emergency management.