Flood Risk is Higher in Rural and Disadvantaged Communities
Examines how flood risk varies based on rural or urban location and socioeconomic or demographic composition, using data from the 48 lower U.S. states. Features statistics on average percentage of properties at risk of flooding, with breakdowns by urban, large rural, small rural, and isolated areas. Offers recommendations for preparing evacuation and resource distribution materials and creating partnerships with local service agencies, especially in areas with large populations of older adults.
Danielle Rhubart, Yue Sun
Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, Penn State Population Research Institute
Appalachia · Elderly population · Emergency preparedness and response · Rural-urban differences · Statistics and data