Central HAZUS User Group (CHUG)

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Kevin Mickey
Director, Professional Education and Outreach
The Polis Center
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
1200 Waterway Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46202
p: 317.278.2582
f: 317.278.1830
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Jonathan Sorg, CFM
Environmental Specialist
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Division of Water
Flood Management Program
2045 Morse Road
Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-265-6780
Fax: 614-265-6767
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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.

CHUG Mission

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

Know Before You Go: Travel Safety Tips for Your Thanksgiving Holiday

CHICAGO –The Thanksgiving week ahead is one typically filled with travel, a busy schedule and potentially bad weather.

“Don’t let this hectic time of year sidetrack you from safety on the road,” said FEMA Region V Administrator Andrew Velasquez III. “Take some time now to talk to your family about how to handle a travel emergency, and stockpile necessary supplies in your car in case you become stranded.”

Remember to take these simple steps to help ensure safe travel for you and your family:

Severe Weather Mid-Week: Get Ready Now

CHICAGO – With an ominous Wednesday forecast for most of the central U.S. that includes severe storms, heavy rains, strong winds and the possibility of tornadoes, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region V encourages everyone to get prepared.

“Fall Back” While Stepping Up Your Disaster Readiness

CHICAGO – Sunday, November 1, Daylight Saving Time ends and we set our clocks back an hour. Take advantage of extra sleep, then take a few simple steps to make your home more disaster-resilient:

1. Verify your carbon monoxide and smoke detector work. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for testing the equipment to ensure it’s functioning appropriately. Invest in new detectors if they’re near or past the manufacturer's recommended replacement age.


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HUG Announcements

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

IUPUI Director Earns Homeland Security Award for Emergency Management Education

Book Chapter Published
Emergency Management in Higher Education: Current Practices and Conversations includes a chapter by the 3RiversHUG and CHUG leaders.


HUG Resources

Meeting Minutes
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.

New Madrid and Wabash Valley Scenarios

USGS U.S. Earthquake Scenarios and actual earthquakes…

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.

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