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
- Monitoring for Potential Flooding in Texas
DENTON, Texas – People who live in Texas are urged to get ready now for the possibility of flooding, following days of rain and with more potential rain in the forecast.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region 6 office continues to monitor the flooding threat across parts of the state and stands ready to support state and local partners as needed and requested in any affected areas.
Know Your Risk Before a Flood:
• Do your homework. Be aware of the potential flooding risks for the particular area where you live.English
- Get Ready Now for Potential Severe Weather & Wildfires
DENTON, Texas – People living in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas are urged to get ready now for potential severe weather that could strike over the next few days in the form of possible severe thunderstorms, hail, strong winds, flash flooding, tornadoes and wildfires.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region 6 office continues to monitor the situation and stands ready to support state and local partners as needed and requested in any affected areas.English
- New Mexico Awarded More than $1 Million in Federal Disaster Assistance Following the Sept. 2014 Flooding
DENTON, Texas – The state of New Mexico has been awarded more than $1 million for debris removal in the aftermath of severe storms and flooding in Sept. 2014.
The heavy rains and flooding in 2014 flowed into arroyos, acequais, the Rio Nambe River and the Pojoaque River just north of Santa Fe. This caused more than 17,000 cubic yards of sedimentary debris to be deposited into the Nambe Falls Reservoir. The reservoir provides water for nearby municipalities and also for irrigation purposes.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.