Arkansas HAZUS User Group (ARHUG)

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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
p: 479.356-2159
f: 479.356.2091
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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

Public Invited to Comment on Flood Maps for the City of Corning, Arkansas

DENTON, Texas – After working together to create revised preliminary flood maps, officials with the city of Corning and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) now want to hear from the public.

Homeowners, renters and business owners in Corning, Ark., are encouraged to look at the revised preliminary flood maps to understand where flood risks have been identified. Anyone who has comments or who would like to file an appeal has until Oct. 30, 2015, to submit them.

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Texas Privately Owned Road and Bridge Repair

FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program grants may be used to repair disaster-damaged privately owned access roads if:

  • The survivor meets all of the basic eligibility criteria for the Individuals and Households Program assistance

  • The survivor is the homeowner, and the home is their primary residence

In addition, the road/bridge repairs must meet at least one of the following:

  • The road/bridge is the only access to the property

  • The home cannot be accessed due to damaged infrastructure

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FEMA Disaster Assistance Tops $2 Million for Arkansas Recovery

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – More than $2 million in assistance to date is helping the residents of nine Arkansas counties recover from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding, May 7 to June 15, 2015.

Recovery officials caution though, that the time to register for federal help is running out.  The deadline to apply for assistance is Aug. 25, 2015.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management provide this current summary of assistance:

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Center for Preparedness and Recovery
Contact Information:
Dr. Rick Ihde
Office: Dean Hall, Room 110
Phone: 479- 498-6016
Fax: 479-356-2091
Email: ridhe@atu.edu
University Clearinghouse Member
The Arkansas HUG and Arkansas Tech University are proud to participate in the formation of the HAZUS University Clearinghouse.

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