Rethinking the Unthinkable

Social scientists have created the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI), a guide that measures how susceptible communities are to lasting damage in the wake of natural disasters. Specialists at North Carolina Sea Grant are working with communities across North Carolina to understand the SVI and to learn how to use it.

NGSS Performance Expectation: Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
Discussion Questions

  1. Define the SVI. What is it, and what does it measure?
  2. Explain the history of the SVI. What event brought it to national prominence?
  3. Identify three factors that might make it harder for communities to recover fully from a natural disaster.

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