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Spatial Hazard Events and Losses for the United States, 1995-2000

What this map layer shows:

County-level hazard data for the years 1995 to 2000.
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Background Information
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The Hazards Research Laboratory at the University of South Carolina compiles the Spatial Hazard Events and Losses Database for the United States (SHELDUS), with support from the National Science Foundation and the University of South Carolina's Office of the Vice President for Research. The database is a county-level hazard data set for the United States, with information for 18 different natural hazard events types such as thunderstorms, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and tornados. The data in SHELDUS were derived from several existing national data sources such as the National Climatic Data Center monthly Storm Data publications and the National Geophysical Data Center Tsunami Event Database.

SHELDUS and other products of the Hazards Research Lab are used for environmental hazards analysis and management, and to facilitate local, State, and Federal efforts to improve emergency preparedness, planning, and response. This map layer is a subset of the information in SHELDUS and was compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Spatial Hazard Events and Losses for the United States, 1995-2000 data set consists of 17 databases that portray county-level hazard data for the United States, for the years 1995 to 2000. Included is information for 16 different natural hazard event types, as well as the total cost of damage due to natural hazards and the property damage per square mile. The event types included are avalanches, coastal events, drought, flooding, fog, hail, heat, hurricanes/tropical storms, landslides, lightning, severe storms/thunderstorms, tornadoes, tsunamis/seiches, wildfires, wind, and winter weather. Included for each event type is information on property losses, crop losses, injuries, and fatalities. Additional information on various hazards is available from the National Climatic Data Center, the Storm Prediction Center, the National Hurricane Center, the National Geophysical Data Center, and the U.S. Fire Administration.

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If you download the raw data for Spatial Hazard Events and Losses for the United States, 1995-2000, you may also want to download the 1990 County Boundaries raw data. These two map layers can be used together to create maps of hazard event information.
Download 1990 County Boundaries


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Hazard Events 1995-2000: Property Damage