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While there are many facets of disruption to COVID-19 and we all have challenges, knowing tips and tricks for effective searches on as well as how to download, customize, and map data is a valuable resource & skill.

On Wednesday, September 16, at 5:30 p.m. (CT) Toni Pitchford, Data Dissemination Specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, will share how average citizens can access census data which our elected officials use as they consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic within our state and our community.

Registration is required for this FREE event. Sign up at All are welcome. Spread the word to any organization or individuals who might be interested.

The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about our nation’s people and economy. The platform at is the quickest way to pull information for your community. A few clicks on the computer and you can find out about your housing stock, population, educational attainment, median income, poverty rate and so much more.

This webinar will help you find information on the resilience of the community. This is data that community organizations can use to apply for grants, educational institutions can use to educate, community leaders can use to plan for the future and libraries can use to develop programs for the area of service. You can use the platform to assist you in putting the most accurate information available in all kinds of proposals. The more accurate the information, the better your chance for approval.

The Census Bureau, in collaboration with five federal agencies, is in a unique position to produce data on the social and economic effects of COVID-19 on American households.

For the first time, using newly developed experimental estimates, the U.S. Census Bureau has created a tool to help measure the degree of a community’s resilience in the face of disasters and other emergencies. Community resilience is the capacity of individuals and households to absorb, endure, and recover from the health, social, and economic impacts of a disaster such as a hurricane or pandemic. When disasters occur, recovery depends on the community’s ability to withstand the effects of the event.

The Community Resilience Estimates (CRE) are a resilience measure that identifies a community’s ability to endure, respond and recover from the impact of disasters. The CRE can be used for any purpose where specific risk factors are useful at low levels of geography. Individuals with three or more risk factors – from health and income to age and living conditions – are considered high risk. Likewise, communities are high risk if at least 30% of their population has three or more risk factors.

The new Household Pulse Survey is another new tool. It is designed to collect data to measure household experiences during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This tool asks individuals about their experiences in terms of employment status, spending patterns, food security, housing, physical and mental health, access to health care, and educational disruption.

Registration is required. Sign up at for “How COVID-19 Impacts Our Lives.” You will be asked for your name, email address and company. Make sure to spell your email address correctly so you receive a confirmation email message that contains the meeting password and instructions for joining the event. Watch for an email from Deborah Pitchford,, which should arrive immediately after you register.

The webinar will start at 5:30 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. You will need the link & password to join us.