Arkansas HAZUS User Group (ARHUG)
- Arkansas Tech University
- Emergency Management Program
- International Emergency Management Student Association
- Center for Preparedness and Recovery
Michael E. Garner, PhD
EMHS Graduate Program Director
Department of Emergency Management
Arkansas Tech University
402 West O Street
Dean Hall 110
Russellville, AR 72801
What We Do
The purpose of the Arkansas HAZUS User Group (ARHUG) is to facilitate the use of the HAZUS-MH models for flooding and earthquake risk assessment in Arkansas and to form the basis for both pre- and post-disaster decision-making. ARHUG should create a framework through which professionals, volunteer organizations and individuals can collaborate to more effectively conduct risk management. This group has support from FEMA Headquarters, FEMA Region VI, Arkansas State and local governments, academia, non-profits, and the public sector.
HAZUS-MH uses GIS technology to combine hazard layers with building inventory and demographic databases and applies a standardized loss estimation and risk assessment methodology. This software currently addresses the risk associated with three natural hazards; flooding, earthquakes and hurricanes. Key goals of this group are to expand the application of and to improve and refine the capability of HAZUS to support the threats specific to Arkansas.
To fulfill these goals ARHUG will:
Assist government agencies, regional organizations, counties, communities, and businesses in Arkansas using HAZUS-MH
Ensure continued technical and planning support
Provide opportunities for training and education
Serve as a focal point for collecting “best practices”, and
Provide feedback to FEMA in the areas of software enhancements and user support.
By bringing together technical, policy, and emergency management specialists, the ARHUG will establish a solid risk assessment resource base for Arkansas.
News from Region VI
- West, Texas Disaster Recovery Center Open Sunday
AUSTIN, Texas – The State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in West, Texas will be open Sunday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The DRC will resume normal hours Monday, May 20. Regular hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until further notice.
Specialists from the state of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.
Disaster Recovery Center Location:English
- SENIOR CITIZENS WON’T LOSE BENEFITS IF THEY RECEIVE DISASTER AID
AUSTIN, Texas – Senior citizens who sustained losses from the recent fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas needn’t worry that applying for federal disaster assistance will cause them to sacrifice their Social Security benefits, pay more taxes or give up income-based benefit programs.
A grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) does not add to a senior’s taxable income as long as the grant is to help recovery from a disaster like the plant explosion.English
- Parishes Have Customized Community Recovery Resource Guide Available Online
BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisianians understand all too well the importance of building communities that can withstand what Mother Nature hurls at them.
As communities throughout the state plan for their future needs, they have a new way to find recovery resources. The National Disaster Recovery Support team has developed a Community Recovery Resource Guide containing Louisiana-specific information to help parishes locate funding sources and other available resources for local projects and initiatives.English
Center for Preparedness and Recovery
Dr. Rick Ihde
Office: Dean Hall, Room 110
Phone: 479- 498-6016
University Clearinghouse Member
The Arkansas HUG and Arkansas Tech University are proud to participate in the formation of the HAZUS University Clearinghouse.