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By Earlene K.P. Dowell
Special to Village News 

Taking on the challenge of mapping disaster areas during a national emergency

Every state declared federal disaster areas during COVID-19, but other natural disasters are happening

 

Last updated 1/27/2021 at 4:17pm

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For the first time in history, all 50 states were declared federal disaster areas due to COVID-19. At the same time, hurricanes, floods, wildfires and winter storms continued to hit communities already dealing with the pandemic.

Communities were overwhelmed and so was the U.S. Census Bureau's award-winning OnTheMap for Emergency Management data tool, https://onthemap.ces.census.gov/em/.

As each state becomes a disaster or emergency declaration area, real-time data on hurricanes, floods, wildfires and winter storms were updated but drowned out by the nationwide swath of COVID-19 disaster are...



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