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How to assess hazard impacts

Hazard tooltip

There are several tools to help you assess the potential impacts of hazards. To quickly view these tools, navigate to an area on the map of interest to you and click a hazard icon.

A hazard tooltip will appear with “quick links” to more information about the hazard. The tooltip provides quick links to Products, Info, Layers, and Area Brief.

Tool tip and tool tip short cuts.

Note: You may also access Products, Info, Layers, and Area Brief by selecting a hazard in the hazard list and one of the corresponding tabs as shown below.

Hazard tabs

Products

Tooltip products link

The Products link provides access to a variety of reports, custom maps, analyses, and other information shared by multiple agencies about the hazard. Below is an example of product types:
  • Situational Awareness Products (for specialized maps, analyses, and modeled impact assessments)

  • Situation Reports (for detailed agency updates on the situation on the ground)

  • Damage and Needs Assessments (for information related to damage and needs)

  • Reference Maps (for response and recovery planning)

By default, products are listed and grouped by category and organized into subfolders by the organization who authored the products.

Situational awareness

You can adjust the display of the products list by clicking on the Settings icon. You will find several options including the ability to sort products by time period and name.

Products panel

Under settings, you can also turn on the Geocoded Products option to view products that have been geographically coded by user-defined coordinates to display on the map.

When products are geocoded, they will appear on the map automatically, allowing you to quickly identify products by location. To turn this feature off, select the Geocoded Products option in the Product Settings panel.

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Info

Tooltip Information link

The Info link provides a hazard summary, a quick link to share the hazard with other users of the system, and the More Information button which links to potential impact reports provided by PDC’s All-hazards Impact Model.

Info panel

With the Info panel open, click the More Information button to see a summary of potential impacts reported in PDC’s Hazard Brief.

Preliminary impacts link on info panel

Hazard Brief summarizes potential impacts to populations and infrastructure, breaking down exposure by demographic, geography, and population centers.

It also describes risk factors for vulnerable groups and offers a wealth of additional information about the hazard.

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Layers

Tooltip Layers Link

The Layers link allows you to view default hazard layers and explore other pertinent information to help assess potential impacts of a hazard.

For example, the Estimated Wind Impacts layer shown below represents the potential severity of impacts that might be experienced over the 5-day forecast, for that area. Overlay this layer with population and critical infrastructure data to quickly assess which areas are at greater risk and may require assistance.

Area Brief

Tootip Area Brief link

The Area Brief link provides access to a detailed, automated report which includes population, critical infrastructure, meteorological observations, risk and vulnerability, and more. Area Brief is explored in more detail in the section on Advanced Monitoring Tools and Capabilities.

Area Brief