Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Severe Weather Info...

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center's web site can be found at ... http://www.spc.noaa.gov/


Monday, April 25, 2011

LinkedIn HAZUS Group ...

Did you know that the LinkedIn HAZUS Group has over 215+ members!

LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional social network on the Internet with more than 100 million members in over 200 countries and territories. Roughly one million new professionals join LinkedIn every week, at a rate equivalent to somebody joining the site faster than one member per second!

Join the HAZUS Group for professionals ... http://linkedin.com/

The LinkedIn HAZUS Group is operated by HAZUS.org - an independent resource for the HAZUS User community ...


Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Nevada HAZUS User Group will be meeting & having a free luncheon at the upcoming Nevada Geographical Information Society's 21st Annual GIS Conference in Reno, NV. Wednesday / May 11th

As part of the meeting the NVHUG will be performing a "Practice Earthquake Event" ... Click for more info ...



Thursday, April 14, 2011

NOAA eyes upgrade of outdated tsunami warning centers

NOAA is beginning to address the shortfalls and considering upgrades to the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Centers discussed in the recent National Academy of Science report, Tsunami Warning and Preparedness: An Assessment of the U.S. Tsunami Program and the Nation's Preparedness Efforts. READ MORE


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Training opportunities...

Limited pace is available in the following Indiana Department of Homeland Security sponsored FREE courses.

L317: Comprehensive Data Management for Hazus-MH
Location: The Polis Center, Indianapolis, Indiana
Dates: Tuesday, May 3 to Thursday, May 5, 2011

This course focuses on the Hazus-MH inventory. It is recommended for GIS analysts, database administrators, and others who will be responsible for migrating local data into the Hazus-MH database structure. http://www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/hazus/hz_training09.shtm.

L190: ArcGIS 10 for Emergency Managers
Location: Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana
Dates: Tuesday, June 21 to Thursday, June 23, 2011

This hands-on ArcGIS 10 course is designed to empower emergency managers, planners, engineers, public safety professionals, and others with the skills needed to visualize and analyze information related to disaster mitigation, response, recovery, and risk management using ArcGIS Desktop, the product on which Hazus-MH is based. http://www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/hazus/hz_training09.shtm.

To register, visit the Polis website at http://polis.iupui.edu/Training/Default.aspx. Please note that while this training is free, any travel expenses incurred as a result of attending these courses are the responsibility of the participant.


There are also still openings for HAZUS courses at the FEMA Emergency Management Institute ... E172 HAZUS MH for Flood - 07/11-14/11 ... B176 HAZUS-MH for Floodplain Managers - 9/26-29/11 ... E296 Application of HAZUS-MH Risk Assessment - 9/12-15/11 ... E313 Basic HAZUS Multi-Hazards - 9/19-22/11 ... MORE INFO, START HERE


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Data.gov to be discontinued !!!

Data.gov which was only launched in May 2009 is reported to be at risk of being shut-down along with several other US gov 'transparency' websites. READ MORE...

HAZUS.org believes that DATA.gov could be better but it is a "good start". Perhaps the government needs to address the cost of operating DATA.gov (reported to be as much as $5Mill a year!) and other factors such as duplication of content but it is downright silly to close-down operations completely.

Ready access to current data and information is the core to effective disaster response, recovery, mitigation and planning.

Speak-up and let your federal elected officials know your thoughts ...