Social vulnerability refers to the characteristics of an individual or group that impacts their ability to anticipate, cope with, resist and recover from a physical hazard. The level of social vulnerability is dependent on physical, social, economic, and environmental factors. As social vulnerability in a population increases, their resiliency to natural hazards decreases. Knowing where vulnerability of individuals lies in a population can help governments and policy makers better aid their communities in the event of a natural disaster like sea level rise.
Use the Social Vulnerability Viewer to see your community.