FAQ for the Slip-On Tanker Data Dashboard
The Slip-On Tanker Grant Dashboard is designed to help communities complete grant applications. The Frequently Asked Questions below can help answer questions about the Dashboard. Learn more and apply for the Slip-On Tanker grant program at Grants.gov.
Where do the data in the Dashboard come from?
The data in the Dashboard are from publicly available, federal sources, including Wildfire Risk to Communities and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Geographic boundaries for communities and counties are from the U.S. Census Bureau’s TIGER/Line files. Communities are areas of concentrated population and include incorporated and unincorporated communities.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau. (2020). TIGER Cartographic Boundaries. Washington, DC.
Wildfire risk data are from Wildfire Risk to Communities. For complete technical information, see methods.
Source: Wildfire Risk to Communities. Scott JH, Gilbertson-Day JW, Moran C, Dillon GK, Short KC, & Vogler KC. (2020). Wildfire Risk to Communities: Spatial datasets of landscape-wide wildfire risk components for the United States. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive. Updated 25 November 2020.
Population data are from the 2020 U.S. Census.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau. (2020). 2020 Census. Washington, DC.
How do I use the Dashboard?
Start typing in the window to search for your community or county. Select it from the drop-down menu to see whether your jurisdiction is suitable to apply for the Slip-On Tanker Grant program. If your community is listed as suitable, you can copy the wildfire risk rank and population data into your application.
What if my community is not listed in the tool?
If you cannot find your community in the Dashboard, it may be because it isn’t a designated “place” by the U.S. Census. The Dashboard does not include data for county subdivisions, townships, or fire districts. If your jurisdiction is not in the Dashboard, you can search the closest relevant community or county (or counties) and use data for that location instead.
What if my jurisdiction crosses multiple communities?
If your jurisdiction (e.g., Fire District) crosses multiple locations (for example, a two-county area), search both locations in the Dashboard. Population data should be aggregated. Wildfire risk data should be reported for the highest-scoring location.