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How the Risk Index Can Help

Intended users of the National Risk Index include planners and emergency managers at the local, regional, state, and federal levels, as well as other decision makers and interested members of the general public. With improved understanding of natural hazard risk, communities can take action to reduce the risk specific to that community.

Specifically, the National Risk Index can help with:

Enhancing hazard mitigation plans
Encouraging community-level risk communication and engagement
Supporting the development or enhancement of codes and standards
Informing long-term community recovery
Educating new homeowners and renters
Prioritizing and allocating resources
Identifying the need for more refined risk assessments
Informing the insurance and mortgage industries
Updating emergency operations plans