Central HAZUS User Group (CHUG)
- Google Group
- The Polis Center
- Michigan State University Department of Geography
- Illinois Emergency Management Agency
- Indiana Emergency Management Agency
Director, Professional Education and Outreach
The Polis Center
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
1200 Waterway Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Jonathan Sorg, CFM
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Division of Water
Flood Management Program
2045 Morse Road
Columbus, OH 43229
What We Do
The CHUG (Central HAZUS Users Group) was formed with the intent of providing a means of collaboration between HAZUS users within FEMA Region V (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin). This group looks at software problems, HAZUS projects, and the overall general use of the HAZUS software. Sharing the successes and failures between users helps to bring the entire region together in planning for natural disasters.
The overall goal of the CHUG is to maximize the potential of HAZUS and to get the most out of its results within the region.
News from Region V
- Michigan Flood Survivors Can Get Free Legal Aid
WARREN, Mich. – Individuals who sustained damage from the August storms and flooding can call the Disaster Legal Services hotline at 844-451-0749 for free legal assistance and counseling.
Through the hotline, volunteer lawyers can help eligible survivors with legal issues related to the disaster. Volunteer lawyers can discuss insurance claims, landlord-tenant issues, consumer protection issues and the replacement of wills or other important documents that were lost or destroyed during the storm.English
- Federal Disaster Assistance Includes Right of Appeal
WARREN, Mich. – Michigan residents who receive a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) saying they do not qualify for disaster assistance have the right to appeal.
An applicant has 60 days from the date of the determination letter to appeal the FEMA decision.
“Sometimes the letter only means that FEMA needs more information,” said Michigan State Police Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, State Coordinating Officer and Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. “Applicants should read the entire letter for clarification.”English
- Michigan Flood Aid Tops $110 Million; Registration Deadline Nears
WARREN, Mich. – State and federal officials report more than 92,000 Michigan residents affected by the August floods have been approved for more than $110 million in federal disaster assistance. Survivors are strongly encouraged to register for federal assistance before the Nov. 24 deadline.
Applications must be received by the November date to be considered for assistance from the FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The deadline only refers to the last day survivors can apply. Disaster funds will continue to flow beyond that date.English
Next CHUG Conference Call is:
May 30, 2012
2:00-3:00pm Eastern Time
“Flood-loss Modeling of Levee Protected Floodplains” by Dr. Jonathan W.F. Remo of the Department of Geology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
To view the slides, open a web browser and access http://connect.iu.edu/levee/ . Sign in as a guest.
To listen to the audio portion of the presentation dial in to (317) 278-7008 - Password 746967#
July 18, 2012 1pm Eastern Time
September 6, 2012 1pm Eastern Time
November 15, 2012 1pm Eastern Time
Book Chapter Published
Emergency Management in Higher Education: Current Practices and Conversations includes a chapter by the 3RiversHUG and CHUG leaders.
View and download minutes from past CHUG meetings.
CHUG Best Practices - HAZUS-MH Project Documentation
Part of the Central HAZUS-MH Users Group Best Practice Series.
Note to find the shapefiles/geodatabase shake maps for HAZUS click the desired scenario or event (U.S. Only) and then the download link. These files are towards the right.