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

New Orleans’ Edgewood Park Named to National Register of Historic Places

DENTON, Texas — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in partnership with the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) are pleased to announce the new listing of New Orleans’ Edgewood Park Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places. The listing, approved by the National Park Service in late September, marks a major milestone for the community and those involved in the nomination process.

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Texas Receives More Than $1.5 Million in Federal Funding for University of Texas Medical Branch Mitigation Measures

DENTON, Texas – The state of Texas has received more than $1.5 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for mitigation measures for a University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) building.

Hurricane Ike damaged the UTMB Customs House, also known as the 1700 Strand Building, in 2008. These mitigation measures will protect it from potential future storm damage.

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Arkansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma Agencies Receive More than $1.2 Million in FEMA Grants to Assist with Flood Mapping Activities

DENTON, Texas — Agencies in Arkansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma have been awarded more than $1.2 million in non-disaster hazard mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

These grants are part of FEMA’s Cooperating Technical Partner (CTP) program and pay for efforts to maintain up-to-date flood hazard maps and other flood hazard information.

The cities and agencies that received the grants include:

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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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