Mitigation Planning: Why Hazard Exposure, Structural Vulnerability, and Social Vulnerability Matter Academic Article uri icon


  • Increasing interest in fostering resilient communities requires a more comprehensive approach to hazard mitigation planning that overcomes the limitations of traditional hazard assessments, notably the failure to explicitly incorporate an analysis of social vulnerability. We statistically analyzed a random sample of 1500 damage assessments of single-family homes collected following Hurricane Ike to assess the contributions of hazard exposure, structural vulnerability, and social vulnerability. The results indicate that hazard exposure, structural characteristics, and socioeconomic characteristics are significant predictors of structural damage. The implications suggest that comprehensive hazard assessments can provide additional insights for mitigation planning and community resiliency.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 295.16

author list (cited authors)

  • Highfield, W. E., Peacock, W. G., & Van Zandt, S.

citation count

  • 121

complete list of authors

  • Highfield, Wesley E||Peacock, Walter Gillis||Van Zandt, Shannon

publication date

  • September 2014