Issues & Solutions

Social Vulnerability

In Brief

  • Different risks arise from the natural environment, the built environment, and demographics—and the intersection of all three.
  • Vulnerability is greater among people at age extremes (young and old), with low incomes, members of minority populations, and those with special health or medical needs.
  • Vulnerable populations are at even higher risk in a natural disaster and may require more help to recover

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