Census Bureau Launches New Tool for Hurricane Planning and Assessment

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					FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MONDAY, JULY 12, 2010

Tom Edwards                                                    CB10-106
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             Census Bureau Launches New Tool for Hurricane Planning
                                 and Assessment

   The U.S. Census Bureau, in cooperation with the National Weather
Service, announces the launch of OnTheMap for Emergency Management:
Hurricanes, a Web-based tool that provides real-time workforce
information when a hurricane strikes land in the United States.

   OnTheMap for Emergency Management: Hurricanes is an easy-to-use tool
that provides a live feed from the National Hurricane Center. When a
storm’s leading winds make landfall, the application will allow users
to view the characteristics of the local workforce, such as the
affected industries, the ages of workers and workers’ earnings with a
simple click of the link.

   “OnTheMap technology has been providing useful data for emergency
preparedness for some time, but this new tool doesn’t require any
specialized training,” said Jeremy Wu, chief of the U.S. Census
Bureau’s Local Employment Dynamics Partnership. “It puts valuable
information directly into the hands of emergency planners and local
officials.”

      OnTheMap for Emergency Management: Hurricanes provides users with:

      -- Access to the most recent workforce data for the area impacted by
a
         hurricane.
      -- An easy-to-use, Web-based interface for visualizing hurricanes
and
       jobs data, including historical results and downloadable reports.
   -- The most recent storm location information as provided by a
direct
       link to the National Hurricane Center.

   OnTheMap for Emergency Management: Hurricanes, is a product of
OnTheMap, an online mapping and reporting application that shows the
relationship between where people work and where they live, as well as
the characteristics of the workforce. It allows users to create, print
and download workforce related maps, profiles and underlying data down
to the block level.

   OnTheMap comes from the Census Bureau’s Local Employment Dynamics
Partnership.

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Editor’s note: The data can be accessed at:
<http://lehdmap4.did.census.gov/themap4/em/index.html>.

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