Community Vulnerability Tool

Community Vulnerability Tool

Let’s examine Puerto Rico’s vulnerability in terms of risk, impact and our capacity to thrive in the face of natural hazards and power failures.

What you can do with this tool

Visualize Puerto Rico´s Datasets

Through a web-based geographical information system (GIS), the user will be able to visualize, in maps and tables, an extensive dataset on exposure to natural hazards, socioeconomic conditions, and access to transportation networks and essential services throughout the islands of Puerto Rico.

Generate your community report

Define your community’s geographical boundaries on the interactive map and generate a report with maps and graphs on your community’s vulnerability. You can visualize your data online and download a report in PDF format for future use.


Download Data

You can also download all the datasets used in generating the Community Vulnerability Reports as well as Puerto Rico’s datasets. These include the references to their source and can be used in data analysis software.



Post-María Power Restoration

*PREPA data was obtained through researching the press/media. 64 power generation and 87 energy consumption entries were collected between October 2017 and August 2018. USDoE data was obtained from the Situation Reports for Hurricanes Nate, Maria, Irma, and Harvey; 24 entries were collected between November 2017 and April 2018. From the government of Puerto Rico page ‘’, 466 entries were collected between September 2017 and July 2018.


PREPA. Tweets @aeeonline Oct 2017 to Aug 2018. Retrieved from:
USDoE, (2018). Hurricanes Nate, Maria, Irma, and Harvey Situation Reports Nov 2017 to April 2018. Retrieved from
PR Government. Power Restoration Status Sept 2017 to July 2018. Retrieved from: 

Puerto Rico in the Caribbean

> Cat. 3 Hurricanes since 1928, 2 in 2017.
0 KM
From the Puerto Rico Trench, Atlantic's deepest & 2nd in the world.
Drought (2014 - 2016) Leading to extended water rationing.
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Sea Level Rise by the year 2100.

AEMEAD. Huracanes y tormentas tropicales que han afectado a Puerto Rico.

DRNA, 2016. Informe sobre la sequía 2014-16 en Puerto Rico, División Monitoreo del Plan de Aguas, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

USGCRP, 2018: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II [Reidmiller, D.R., C.W. Avery, D.R. Easterling, K.E. Kunkel, K.L.M. Lewis, T.K. Maycock, and B.C. Stewart (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, 1515 pp. doi: 10.7930/NCA4.2018.

Puerto Rico’s Needs in Numbers

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Total Population Decreasing 2% annually
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Poverty Rate 3 x that the US.
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Dependent Population | Children, elderly & disabled (18-64 yrs)
1: 0
University Degree : No High School Diploma | Population over 25 years of age

ACS, 2016. Educational Attainment For The Population 25 Years And Over, Individuals Below Poverty Level. Puerto Rico,  Sex By Age, Sex By Age By Disability Status And Total Population, 5-yr Estimates. US Census.

Puerto Rico’s Natural Hazards

Population living at risk
Population living at risk of floods
Population at risk of landslides

Government of Puerto Rico. Landslide and Tsunami Risk Layer. Geographic Data Portal. Retrieved from: 
NOAA, (2018). Storm Surge Risk Layer. National Storm Surge Hazard Maps. Retrieved from:
FEMA, (2017). Flooding Risk Layer. National Flood Hazard Layer. Retrieved from