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Calhoun and Jackson among most vulnerable counties affected by Michael
Calhoun and Jackson are among the most socially vulnerable impacted by Hurricane Michael, according to Direct Relief’s analysis of the data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Disasters like Hurricane Michael don’t affect all communities the same. People who are elderly or disabled, who have mobility impairments or special medical issues, lack transportation or don’t speak English are more vulnerable to health and financial crises in a natural disaster and may require more help to recover. Essential resources and services are often already limited in areas of high-poverty, and disasters only make these resources less accessible.
Using data from the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index model, Direct Relief built a set of maps that showcase these disparities and highlights which counties in the path of Hurricane Michael are most at risk.
On the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index (SVI), a score of zero represents the least vulnerable and 1.0 is most vulnerable. The average among all U.S. counties is 0.5, and the average of Florida counties is 0.69.
Jackson and Calhoun counties rank toward the extreme side of the scale, with Jackson at 0.96, and Calhoun County a 0.91.