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  • Winter Storm - Northwestern, United States

    15 minutes ago WARNING

  • Severe Weather - Kingston, Ontario, Canada

    11 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Winter Storm - N of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    11 minutes ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 49 km NE of Bandar-e Lengeh, Iran

    39 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    11 minutes ago WARNING

  • High Wind - Mistassini, Québec, Canada

    16 minutes ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - 46 km ESE of Peace River, Canada

    11 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Drought - Eastern Africa

    25 minutes ago WARNING

  • Snow Squall - Orillia, Ontario, Canada

    31 minutes ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    51 minutes ago WARNING

  • Tornado - Tallahassee, FL WFO Region, US

    53 minutes ago WATCH

  • Snowfall - Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.4 - 20 km SW of Taupo, New Zealand

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Winter Storm - Upper Midwestern, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Flood - Syracuse, NY Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • High Wind - Channel-Port aux Basques, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Tornado - Mobile, AL WFO Region, US

    2 hours ago WATCH

  • Extreme Cold - Stony Rapids, Saskatchewan, Canada

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Western, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • High Wind - Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Atlanta, GA Region, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Snowfall - Dawson City, Yukon, Canada

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    4 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Meander River, Alberta, Canada

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Northern Rockies and Plains, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Blowing Snow - Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Blowing Snow - S of Eastmain, Québec, Canada

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Munising, MI Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NE of Anmatjere, Northern Territory, Australia

    6 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - N of Walpole, Western Australia, Australia

    6 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Winter Storm - NE of Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada

    6 hours ago WATCH

  • Rainfall - Natashquan, Québec, Canada

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Eastmain, Québec, Canada

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Snowfall - Sept-Iles, Québec, Canada

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Blizzard - Kimmirut, Nunavut, Canada

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Blizzard - Kangirsuk, Québec, Canada

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Snowfall - Nain, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Rainfall - Channel-Port aux Basques, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • High Wind - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Rainfall - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme cold - Shanxi Province, China

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Atrek Basin, Iran and Caspian Sea

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Zhem Basin, SE of Zhem River, Kazakhstan and Caspian Sea

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Kilindoni, Lindi and Pwani, Tanzania

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Carupano, Sucre, Venezuela

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Joinville, Paraná, Santa Catarina and São Paulo, Brazil

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SW of Nueve de Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - N of Pedro Luro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Viseu, Pará, Brazil

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NE of Dolores, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Parana Basin, South America

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Merauke, Papua, Indonesia

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Tanjungpinang, Kepulauan Riau, Indonesia

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Parnaiba, Piauí, Brazil

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Hari Basin, Indonesia

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chennai, Eastern India

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Aurangabad, Bihar, India

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Salween Basin, S of Salween River, China, India and Myanmar

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Hanggin Houqi, Nei Mongol and Ningxia Hui, China

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Nagchu, Xizang, China

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Hechi, Guangxi, China

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yenisey Basin, SW of Selenga River, Russia and Mongolia

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Greece

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - near the east coast of Honshu, Japan

    11 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Extreme Cold - W of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Severe Weather - Sept-Iles, Québec, Canada

    13 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Severe Weather - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

    13 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Severe Weather - Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

    13 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Rainfall - Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - N of Hearst, Ontario, Canada

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

    14 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - N of Babahoyo, Los Rios, Ecuador

    15 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SE of Vallegrande, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

    15 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    16 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - Reykjanes Ridge

    16 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Sheveluch, Russia

    16 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Nile Basin, Eastern Africa, Middle Africa and Northern Africa

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Congo Basin, Middle Africa and Eastern Africa

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - La Paz, Baja California, Baja California Sur and Sonora, Mexico

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of San Carlos, Río San Juan, Nicaragua

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yaqui Basin, E of Yaqui River, Mexico

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Tecuala, Nayarit, Mexico

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Balancan, Tabasco, Mexico

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - N of Rosario, Entre Ríos and Santa Fe, Argentina

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Magdalena Basin, NW of Magdalena River, Colombia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Orinoco Basin, Orinoco and Apure Rivers, Colombia and Venezuela

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Totness, Coronie, Suriname

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Amazon Basin, W of Mamore River, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Murray Basin, Murray, Darling and Murrumbidgee Rivers, Australia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mahakam Basin, Kapuas and Mahakam Rivers, Indonesia and Malaysia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Raba, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Mahakam Basin, Indonesia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NE of Merauke, Papua, Indonesia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mataram, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Bengawan Solo Basin, Indonesia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ganges Basin, NE of Penner River, India and Bangladesh

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Irrawaddy Basin, W of Irrawaddy River, Myanmar and Thailand

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Zhosaly, Aqtöbe and Qyzylorda, Kazakhstan

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Cauvery Basin, Sri Lanka

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - N of Baoshan, Southwest China

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Karachi, Sind, Pakistan

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Chattogram, Chittagong, Bangladesh

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Thanjavur, Kerala, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu, India

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Indus Basin, India and Pakistan

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Hyderabad, Baluchistan, Punjab and Sind, Pakistan

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Brahmaputra Basin, Eastern Asia, Southern Asia and South-eastern Asia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yangtze Basin, Yangtze, Yalong Jiang and Duke He Rivers, China

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mekong Basin, Cambodia and Vietnam

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mekong Basin, South-eastern Asia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Shatt Al Arab Basin, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Abadan, Khuzestan, Iran

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Lodwar, Turkana, Kenya

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Irrawaddy Basin, India, Bangladesh and Myanmar

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Abadan, Khuzestan, Iran

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Conakry, Conakry, Guinea

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ogooue Basin, Middle Africa

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NE of Adigrat, Tigray, Ethiopia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Alexandria, Al Iskandariyah, Egypt

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Niger Basin, Nigeria

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Niger Basin, Niger and Bani Rivers, Burkina Faso and Mali

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - N of Saint-Louis, Saint-Louis, Mauritania

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Antsiranana, Antsiranana, Mahajanga and Toamasina, Madagascar

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Abhe Bad Basin, Eastern Africa

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chad Basin, Chad

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Itapicuru Basin, Brazil

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Buzi Basin, N of Buzi River, Mozambique and Zimbabwe

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chao Phraya Basin, Thailand

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Vam Co Basin, N of Vam Co River, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Indus Basin, Afghanistan and Pakistan

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Hingol Basin, W of Hingol River, Iran and Pakistan

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chad Basin, Central African Republic, Sudan and Chad

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Senegal Basin, Western Africa

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - N of Lamu, Lamu, Kenya

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Niger Basin, Benin and Nigeria

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chad Basin, Middle Africa and Western Africa

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Qiantang Jiang Basin, China and Taiwan

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - Fiji region

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latin America/Caribbean

    7 months ago WARNING

  • High Wind - SW of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Mauna Loa, United States

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Floods - United Kingdom

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Catabato Province, Philippines

    22 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Floods - Chiba, Japan

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Cotopaxi, Ecuador

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Severe Weather - East Java Province, Indonesia

    22 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Landslides - Italy

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Brazil

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Catabato Province, Philippines

    22 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Floods - Western Venezuela

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Northern Vietnam

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - Reykjanes Ridge

    23 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 128 km E of Nago, Japan

    23 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - Reykjanes Ridge

    23 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Storms - Northern Vietnam

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Southern Vietnam

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - South Korea

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern India

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Tonga

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Pavlof, United States

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Landslides - Cameroon

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Dasht Kaur Basin, United Arab Emirates and Oman

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Orange Basin, E of Fish River, Botswana and South Africa

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Mabaruma, Barima-Waini, Guyana

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Barcelos, North Brazil

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Tarakan, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - SW of Remanso, Bahia, Brazil

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Derby, Western Australia, Australia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - NE of Samut Songkhram, Samut Songkhram, Thailand

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mekong Basin, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous, China

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Italy

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Cholera - Haiti

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Ebola Virus - Uganda

    4 weeks ago WARNING

  • Storms - South Island, New Zealand

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southeastern Paraguay

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Sri Lanka

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Alaid, Russia

    4 days ago ADVISORY

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Federated States of Micronesia

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Tuvalu

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drinking Water - NW of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada

    1 week ago ADVISORY

  • Ebola Virus - Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    7 months ago WARNING

September 24, 2014

A hazard is not a disaster unless its impact overwhelms a population and/or assets of interest. Therefore, understanding as much as possible about the geography of a hazard, or potential hazard, is crucial for effective, analytical decision making.

Area Brief offers an abundance of resources for any selected area on the planet. This includes information on population, major cities, infrastructure, hazard profile, national resilience score, and much more. An Area Brief report is always attached to an Active Hazard, serving up real time data about location and impact, and augmenting it with other information aimed to increase overall situational awareness—such as a regional overview, statistical risk, and vulnerability data—and a summary of historical hazards. However, Area Brief also has the power to generate reports for any location with just a few simple mouse clicks.

In order to access Area Brief through an Active Hazard, simply hover over the hazard to access Map Tips, and click the icon as shown below.

Accessed with this method, Area Brief will automatically generate information for the area surrounding a hazard incident.

To create an Area Brief on demand for any location, use the Area Brief generator button on the map toolbar at the bottom of the viewer.

Once the generator is selected, you will need to select an area for the report. Choose between the rectangle or circle tool and define the area, no larger than 3 degrees, using the click-drag-release technique. A comprehensive report will be generated in seconds.

Area Brief will only include a Situational Awareness tab if the selection encompasses an Active Hazard. All other tabs, on the other hand, will always have useful information about the selected geography.

To save or share an Area Brief, click on the red Download PDF button in the top right-hand corner of the brief. Keep in mind that multiple Area Briefs can be created during a session, and will be listed in the Area Brief palette. These data compilations will be deleted upon logout.

For related information:
• Learn about DisasterAWARE Layer Controls,
• Learn about DisasterAWARE Layer Navigation,
• Learn about how to use DisasterAWARE Map Tips,
• Read about the DIY series initiated for National Preparedness Month,
• Visit the National Preparedness Month website and,
• Visit FEMA’s National Preparedness Community page.

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