Hurricane Category Establishment Identification Project (HCat)
Track: Disaster and Emergency Management
Authors: Peter Smith
HCat identifies businesses along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts that lie in areas at risk of flooding by hurricane storm surge. Using establishment data from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program and storm surge shapefiles from the National Hurricane Program, the project has produced a new subset of data which includes businesses, their industry, ownership, employment and wage data, and a storm surge flood indicator based on hurricane severity.