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Interactive map shows who needs legal help after Hurricane Florence

A screenshot of the interactive story map created by the Equal Access to Justice Commission

The North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission this week released new data that reveals the impact of Hurricane Florence on North Carolina and the vulnerable populations who may potentially need legal help during the recovery.

The Commission developed an interactive story map with information from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, North Carolina Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the American Red Cross.

As users scroll through the story, they can click on maps to see data for specific geographic areas of North Carolina. Data includes hurricane impacts, social vulnerability, housing and location affordability, immigrant and limited English proficiency populations, SNAP recipients, renters, people without health insurance, race and vulnerable populations like children and seniors.

The map also includes information about where residents can access disaster legal services around the state.

Hurricane Florence made landfall on North Carolina’s coast as category 1 in September and then wreaked havoc for days in eastern North Carolina as the wettest tropical cyclone on record. Thousands were without power, displaced and left picking up the pieces after their homes and businesses were damaged.

A media release states that the Commission plans to continue sharing resources in the story map with several groups, including the General Assembly, legal aid providers and policy advocacy organizations for use in strategic planning, grant writing, collaboration and decision-making regarding the allocation of resources.

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