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
- Disaster Recovery Center to Close July 30 in Sealy, Austin County
AUSTIN, Texas—The disaster recovery center in Sealy, Austin County, will close Saturday.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
10471 Grotto Rd.
Sealy, TX 77474
2 p.m. Saturday, July 30English
- SBA Disaster Loan Application Deadlines Near
AUSTIN, Texas – Two important deadlines are ahead for Texans who are considering a loan through the U.S. Small Business Administration for recovery from the May-June storms and flooding.
Most survivors who registered with FEMA for disaster assistance were contacted by the SBA with information on the agency’s low-interest disaster loans, as well as instructions on how to complete the loan application.English
- FEMA’s ‘Help After a Disaster’ Guide Available in PDF in Many Languages
AUSTIN, Texas – Texans affected by the May-June storms and flooding can get their questions answered in many languages by accessing the FEMA booklet “Help After a Disaster: Applicant’s Guide to the Individuals & Households Program.”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.