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Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool (RAPT)

RAPT is a publicly available GIS web map that allows users to visualize and prioritize resilience, response, and recovery strategies.

RAPT combines data layers of census tract community resilience indicators, infrastructure locations, and hazards, including real-time weather forecasts, historic disasters, and projected hazard risk.

Users can select multiple layers to better understand local challenges to resilience, such as population with a disability combined with location of mobile home parks, and historic tropical storm/cyclone activity. 

In addition, analysis tools allow users to identify infrastructure within a defined area and calculate population counts. Users can also download data from RAPT.

The resources below provide additional information on using RAPT. RAPT is available at

For questions or to share how you are using RAPT, please email

RAPT Overview PowerPoint

This PowerPoint provides an overview of the Community Resilience Indicator Analysis and the RAPT functions.

RAPT Overview Webinar

This video is a one-hour comprehensive overview of RAPT and all its tools and functions. The shorter RAPT How-To Video Tutorials focus on each separate function.

RAPT How-to Video Tutorials:

  • Introduction to RAPT [7:38]
    • This video provides background information on the development of RAPT, an interactive data visualization and analysis tool. The video highlights links to the RAPT User Guide and other supporting documents and shows basic navigation functions.
  • Community Resilience Indicator Layers [13:29]
    • This video describes the county and census tract community resilience indicators and how to toggle them on and off to visualize the data on the map. The video will show how to use the pop-up boxes to get detailed information on the indicator for both county and census tract data.
  • Attribute Table - View, Filter, and Export Data [14:35]
    • This video discusses the attribute table which displays all the indicator and infrastructure information in a tabular form and allows for export of the data in an Excel spreadsheet.
  • Infrastructure and Hazard Layers  [13:46]
    • This video will review how to access the infrastructure and hazard data layers as well as how to identify the sources of all data layers. We will demonstrate how to visualize the data on the map as well as download the data using the attribute table.
  • Basic RAPT Tools - Basemap Gallery, Toolbox and Add Data [12:43]
    • This video reviews the different available basemap options and where different basemaps may be useful for different types of analysis. The video also covers the Draw, Print, and Measurement tools available in the Toolbox as well as how to add a data layer.
  • Advanced RAPT Tools - Incident Analysis and Summarize Selected Indicators [9:56]
    • This video describes how to use the Incident Analysis Tool, including how to set buffer zones and look at infrastructure information within that zone.  This video also shows you how to use the Summarize Selected Indicators to show the number of individuals within an area that are related to one of the indicators, such as Age over 65.
  • Advanced RAPT Tools - Query: Census Tracts and Hospitals [7:01]
    • This video provides an overview of how to use the query tool to see all the census tracts in a county or state. The second query tool help identify hospitals by trauma level.
  • Advanced RAPT Tools - Selection and Population Count [8:43]
    • This video describes how to use the Selection Tool to analyze infrastructure, county, and census tract information. The video will also show how to sum the population in a given area using the Selection and Population Count tools together.
  • RAPT: National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Outlook Layers [13:48]

    • This video features Chris Maier, NWS National Warning Coordination Meteorologist, who explains the real-time weather forecast layers on RAPT. These forecast layers include outlooks for severe weather, excessive rainfall, river flooding and Atlantic/Caribbean tropical cyclones. The video also discusses how to use RAPT’s analytic tools to identify populations and infrastructure vulnerable to these hazards.

RAPT Supporting Documents and Resources:

Last Updated: 
07/02/2020 - 16:16