Wednesday, October 21, 2009

HAZUS-MH Training at Loma Linda University

HAZUS Comprehensive Data Management Worksop at Loma Linda University

November 16-18 / There are a few seats left.

The course cost is $495 to cover course instruction, materials and lab fee.



GIS + Radar for Tornado Damage Assessment

A recent AMS conference paper examines how GIS and radar data can be combined to create real-time damage estimates as a tornado is impacting a community. VIEW PAPER


Monday, October 19, 2009


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Friday, October 16, 2009

2010 HAZUS Annual Conference

FEMA has announced the 2010 HAZUS Annual Conference will be August 23-25, 2010 in Indianapolis, IN


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Guidelines for the Implementation of Essential Facilities Risk Assessments Using HAZUS-MH

FEMA sponsored a pilot project to perform a risk assessment of essential facilities using HAZUS-MH. believes that this project is the new "GOLD STANDARD" on how to to perform a community HAZUS risk assessment.

The objective of the pilot project was to demonstrate the synergy between HAZUS-MH and FEMA’s Map Modernization program. The project addressed three Southern California counties - Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino.

Two different earthquakes and three different riverine floods were studied for each county’s infrastructure. In addition, the impact of a tsunami hitting the Orange County coastline was examined. The results of these risk assessments are documented in three separate reports.

Perhaps most important this study demonstrates the importance of working to expand on the FEMA supplied HAZUS-MH infrastructure.

Aspects of this study have been briefed at the past two SoCalHUG meetings and the recent 2009 Floodplain Management Association Annual Conference HAZUS-MH panel discussion.

> Guidelines for the Implementation of Essential Facilities Risk Assessments Using HAZUS-MH - Download Report (.pdf / large file ~17.7 MB)

> Riverside County Essential Facilities Risk Assessment (RCEFRA) Project Report - Download Report (.pdf / large file ~11.1 MB)

> Orange County Essential Facilities Risk Assessment (RCEFRA) Project Report - Download Report (.pdf )

> San Bernardino County Essential Facilities Risk Assessment (RCEFRA) Project Report - Download Report (.pdf / large file ~13.0 MB)

> FEMA download page ...


Monday, October 12, 2009

HAZUS-MH instructor survey

FEMA Region IV is compiling education resources and is looking for help in locating all available HAZUS training instructors in any region and in locating Academic Institutions either already providing HAZUS related instruction or those having an interest in providing HAZUS Instruction.

If you have information that you want to share or if you want to be contacted about being included on a list of HAZUS-MH training resources, please contact:
Rick Burgess ...


Saturday, October 10, 2009

NIBS HAZUS Updates ...

NIBS - the National Institute of Building Sciences - has updated their HAZUS web pages and is now offering HAZUS training.

HAZUS was developed by the National Institute of Building Sciences for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

NIBS HAZUS web pages ...

NIBS now has an instructor certified to teach two FEMA HAZUS training courses:

* E313: Basic HAZUS-MH
* E174: Advanced HAZUS-MH for Earthquakes

NIBS HAZUS training ...

NIBS HAZUS contacts...


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Global Earthquake Model User Needs Assessment

GEM is a public/private partnership initiated and approved by the Global Science Forum of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD-GSF). GEM aims to be the uniform, independent standard to calculate and communicate earthquake risk worldwide. With committed backing from academia, governments, and industry, GEM will contribute to achieving profound, lasting reductions in earthquake risk worldwide.profound, lasting reductions in earthquake risk worldwide.

GEM is performing a user-need assessment to find out in an early stage what possible end-users of GEM software and tools are in need of. Click here to go to the survey...

More Info about GEMS ...

OPINION is supporting the development of the Global Earthquake Model and encourages FEMA/DHS to evolve HAZUS-MH to be consistent and compliant with GEMS. The U.S. Geological Survey is actively participating in the development of GEMS. It makes no sense for two U.S. government agencies to go down competing and possibly conflicting paths.



HAZUS-MH MR4 Patch 1 / CDMS 2.5

HAZUS-MH MR4 Patch 1 and Release Notes and the Comprehensive Data Management System (CDMS) version 2.5 and Release Notes are now available!



Monday, October 5, 2009

At 10:15 a.m. on October 15, 2009 ... that's 10:15 on 10/15 ...millions of Californians will practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On in the Great California ShakeOut.

This is the perfect time to exercise your companies emergency management plan. Those of us in the Bay Area can use The Great California ShakeOut and the Oct. 17th 20th anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake to remind our companies and families that we live in earthquake country. MORE INFO