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Friday, March 17 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Easel 38: ENVS Capstone: Flood Insurance Risk Maps and Social Vulnerability in Orleans Parish

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On September 30th, 2016 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) replaced the previous Flood Insurance Risk Map (FIRM) of 1984 for Orleans Parish, Louisiana. FIRMs determine how the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) sets its rates, and they are an integral part of flood risk management. However, an important consideration is the demographics of the people projected to be affected, which is not included in the FIRMs. The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans illustrates the importance of assessing the relationship between social vulnerability and flood risk. Prior to Katrina, New Orleans was one of the poorest cities in the U.S, making residents especially vulnerable to such a catastrophe. In order to determine both the demographic and geographic changes in the 1984 and 2016 FIRMs for Orleans Parish, I will conduct an analysis using geographic information systems (GIS) in order to quantify and interpret the implication of the changes.


Friday March 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Leyburn Library