New data visualization tool from FEMA helps businesses review disaster risk

Published: Monday, 15 June 2015 08:29

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched a new data visualization tool that enables users to see when and where historical disaster declarations have occurred across the country. Businesses can use the tool to assess disaster risks for their location, based on disaster declarations going back to 1953.

The data visualization tool is accessible at and allows users to view and interact with a wide array of FEMA data.

Through an interactive platform, users can view the history of disaster declarations by hazard type or year and the financial support provided to states, tribes and territories, and access public datasets for further research and analysis. On the site, you can see compelling visual representations of federal grant data as it relates to fire, preparedness, mitigation, individual assistance and public assistance.

The data visualization tool builds on FEMA’s commitment to transparency by making it easy to convert historical data – already available via the OpenFEMA initiative - into a readable and interactive map.