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
- FEMA Offers Advice for Texans on Lessening Storm Damage in Harris and Waller Counties
– In Harris County, at Lowe’s in Houston and The Home Depot in Baytown; ACE Hardware in Waller (Waller County)
AUSTIN, Texas – A team of specialists from FEMA will visit Lowe’s and The Home Depot in Harris County and ACE Hardware in Waller County to offer tips and techniques to lessen the impact of disaster-related property damage.
Specialists will be available at the following locations:
Lowe’s, 4645 Beechnut St., Houston, Texas 77096English
- Disaster Recovery Centers Closing This Weekend in Shepherd and La Grange
AUSTIN, Texas – The disaster recovery centers in Shepherd in San Jacinto County and La Grange in Fayette County will close this weekend.
Shepherd Community Center
10251 Hwy. 150
Shepherd, Texas 77371
Closing: 6 p.m. Friday, May 27
La Grange Fire Station
244 N. Franklin
La Grange, Texas 78945
Closing: 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28English
- Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers Closing This Weekend in Katy, Houston
AUSTIN, Texas – Two mobile disaster recovery centers in Katy and Houston, both in Harris County, will close this week.
Lone Star College-University Park
Energy & Manufacturing Institute
11521 Compaq Center West Dr.
Houston, Texas 77070
2 p.m. Friday, May 27
24927 Morton Rd
Katy, Texas 77493
2 p.m. Saturday, May 28English
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.