Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Insurers Irked As NAIC Mulls Possible Cat Model Program

Insurance industry representatives who are attending the NAIC Fall 2009 meeting questioned the NAIC’s discussion of plans to develop its own natural catastrophe models, as well as the costs and the purpose when private sector companies already produce catastrophe models of their own. READ MORE


SoCalHUG meeting on-line will once again be providing resources for the SoCalHUG meeting on Thursday / September 23rd to be carried on-line using Acrobat Connect Pro ... many thanks to Adobe for providing this demo capability to ... MORE INFO


Monday, September 14, 2009

GAO Finds Insufficient Coordination and Synergy Between Northern Command and the Civilian Agencies

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report requested by a bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators that raises concerns about fundamental operations at the U.S.
Northern Command (NORTHCOM), specifically its inconsistent coordination when
exercising in collaboration with the very State, local, and tribal governments
that the Command was created to support.

Download GAO Report (.pdf)...

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009



Thanks to the efforts of Ken Leep the CFM, ASFPM Chapter 5 Director and California Central Valley HAZUS User Group coordinator there was a virtual FLOODHUG meeting at the 2009 Floodplain Management Association Annual Conference in San Jose, CA on September 8th.

On September 9th there will be a panel discussion - Advances in Hazard Assessment and Emergency Management - that will focus of the application of HAZUS-MH.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009


UPDATE: September 9, 2009 / 7:45 PDT has just received a comment indicating that the FEMA warehouse is saying they are not currently shipping HAZUS-MH ... let Eric Berman the HAZUS Program manager about this and he is investigating ...


HAZUS Maintenance Release 4 (HAZUS-MH MR4 V1.4) is now shipping ...

The HAZUS-MH MR4 V1.4 software, the multi-state data DVDs and an Evaluation copy of ESRI ArcGIS 9.3 can be ordered from FEMA,

To get the FEMA order form - click here ...


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

2009 Floodplain Management Association Annual Conference

Investing in Floodplains for Future Generations: Innovation in Land Use Strategies, Green Infrastructure, Technology and Community-Based Partnerships

September 8-11, 2009, The Fairmont, San Jose, California

Rich Davies / will be moderating the panel discussion "Advances in Hazard Assessment and Emergency Management" at 4PM on Wednesday / September 9th


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Experiences from Past Disasters Offer Insights for Effective Collaboration after Catastrophic Events

The GAO recommended in a new report that the Secretary of Homeland Security direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to create a mechanism that’s focused on sharing information and lessons learned regarding disaster recovery, including good collaborative practices. The Department of Homeland Security concurred with GAO’s recommendation. READ MORE

GAO Report