Heat Vulnerability in Vermont
The Vermont Heat Vulnerability Index draws together 17 different measures of vulnerability in six different themes: population, socioeconomic, health, environmental, climate, and heat illness. These measures are combined to measure the overall vulnerability of Vermont towns to heat-related events. This is a first step to identify populations that may be more vulnerable to extreme heat, however local knowledge should always be considered when it is available.
The Heat Vulnerability Report provides a description of and rationale for the methods used to produce the Vermont Heat Vulnerability Index. A summary of the description is also available.
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Social Vulnerability in Vermont
Social vulnerability refers to the resilience of communities when responding to or recovering from threats to public health. The Vermont Social Vulnerability Index is a planning tool to evaluate the relative social vulnerability across the state. It can be used if there is a disease outbreak or in the event of an emergency—either natural or human-caused—to identify populations that may need more help.
The Vermont Social Vulnerability Index draws together 16 different measures of vulnerability in three different themes: socioeconomic, demographic, and housing/transportation. The user guide provides the methods used to produce the index.
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Check out this video to see how to use the Social Vulnerability Index to help identify Vermonters who may need more help in case of a threat to public health.
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