Hazus Course Descriptions

The course descriptions below are for courses taught at EMI.

HAZUS-MH for Hurricane (E170) 

This course provides in-depth discussion of the HAZUS-MH hurricane model through a combina-tion of lectures and hands-on exercises. The course begins with a review of the basics of the hurricane model components. It then proceeds to provide instruction on the organization of and processes for updating of the general building stock as well as site-specific facility inventory. This is followed by a detailed discussion on the definition of the hurricane hazard including a review of the key components that drive the hazard analysis and the damage models that generate the analysis output. The course provides participants with an understanding of the means by which HAZUS can be applied in response and recovery activities; techniques for conducting more effective shelter, debris, and economic loss modeling; and applications of HAZUS-MH for mitigation benefit analysis. It concludes with a review of model uncer


HAZUS training opportunities include courses at FEMA's Emergency Management Institute, regional training courses, and on-line courses.

HAZUS Training at EMI

  • E179 Application of Hazus-MH for Disaster Operations
  • Sep 28, 2015 - Oct 01, 2015
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Who Should I Contact to Enroll in HAZUS Training Courses?

To enroll, download the Admission Application or contact Philip Moore at (301) 447-1248.

For further information on registration, please visit FEMA's Emergency Management Institute's Website. For information about Regional training opportunities and events, go the HAZUS Regional Training page or contact Vincent Brown by e-mail at vincent.brown@dhs.gov.

Download the HAZUS-MH Training Handout

Regional Training

  • L 313 Basic Hazus-MH
  • Sep 15, 2015 - Sep 18, 2015
  • State of Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
    9195 E. Mineral Avenue, Suite 200, Centennial, CO. 80112

    This course offers a hands-on introduction to Hazus-MH, FEMA’s GIS-based tool for analyzing the social and economic impacts from natural hazards including hurricanes, earthquakes and floods (riverine and coastal). Impact assessments for each hazard include shelter needs, short and long term economic losses and debris estimations. Hazus-MH can also assess impacts on transportation and utilities, agricultural losses and vehicle losses for selected hazards. Topics addressed in this course include overviews of building and population inventory components; options for describing the magnitude and extent of modeled hazards; loss estimation methodologies and options for creating maps, tables and reports that describe hazard impacts. Particular emphasis is given to exploring and interpreting the outputs that Hazus-MH can generate as well as discussing how that information can be applied to support emergency management needs and goals. All activities are based on Hazus-MH provided inputs. After completing this course participants can optionally take additional Hazus-MH courses to learn to refine loss estimations by adjusting model parameters or by integrating their own inventory and hazard data.
    This course will be given for FEMA EMI (Emergency Management Institute) credit, and will count towards either the Hazus Trained Professional or Hazus Practitioner Certifications http://www.fema.gov/hazus-training/fema-hazus-multi-hazard-training-credentialing-program.

    Tuition is free for those accepted; there are no travel/salary stipends available for this offering and all incurred costs are the responsibility of the attendee or sending organization.

    If you’re interested in attending this course and available during the dates listed above, please indicate your availability at the doodle link calendar below by Monday, August 24th.  When indicating your availability, please enter your name and organization.  Once we get a final list of planned attendees, we’ll send out a formal registration link to everyone on the poll through the State of Colorado’s CO train website.

    Doodle Link Poll

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Online Training

Esri, in collaboration with FEMA, has a collection of 15 virtual courses on their Virtual Campus. 
ESRI training catalog

  • HAZUS-MH Overview and Installation
  • This course provides an overview of the capabilities of HAZUS-MH, FEMA’s loss-estimation tool for earthquake, flood, and hurricane wind hazards. In the course, you will learn to install the HAZUS-MH software and define a study region, the area of analysis used by HAZUS-MH. You will also explore the basic types of analysis that HAZUS-MH can perform, as well as the types of information it can generate about the social and economic impacts of natural hazards.

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  • Introduction to Using HAZUS-MH to Assess Losses from a Riverine Flood Hazard
  • This course explains the process of defining a riverine flood hazard and performing a loss estimation using HAZUS-MH. While HAZUS-MH offers a wide range of options for defining a flood hazard, this course focuses on the two options that require the least amount of user input: defining a flood hazard based on a return period, and defining a flood hazard based on a stream discharge. These procedures are frequently applied by communities interested in understanding the potential social and economic impacts that might occur as a result of flooding.

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  • HAZUS-MH Flood Model Output and Applications
  • The HAZUS-MH Flood model provides users with the tools to define floods of varying magnitudes and estimate the social and economic impacts that result from such events. Loss estimations are based on impacts to the built environment and to the populations that live in the communities impacted by flooding. They account for such things as damages to buildings and their contents, losses to essential facilities, impacts on transportation and utility lifelines, and impacts on agriculture. In addition, they also address such things as debris generation and shelter requirements. This course provides an overview of the many types of output that the flood model can generate, with a focus on how this information can be effectively used by communities to better plan for and prevent losses from flood events.

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  • Integrating User Supplied Hazard Data into the HAZUS-MH Flood Model
  • This course teaches the process of integrating hazard data into HAZUS-MH to perform a more precise flood loss-estimation study than is typically possible in a basic HAZUS-MH analysis. This course discusses two of the options for integrating flood hazard data created in other modeling applications into a HAZUS-MH flood study. The first method requires the user to provide a user-defined flood boundary, digital elevation model, and information about a flood surface. The second requires the user to provide only a flood depth grid in an ESRI Grid format.

    The ability to integrate flood hazard data created in other models into HAZUS-MH, where scientifically based loss estimation can be generated, is especially important to those individuals who plan to use HAZUS-MH to support flood insurance studies or support community planning goals. With the development of products generated by programs such as the FEMA Map Modernization Program, the inputs that are required to use the options described in this course are now available to many communities across the United States. The course includes an exercise that explores these techniques and that will better prepare you to conduct these types of flood loss-estimation studies within your own community.


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  • Introduction to Using HAZUS-MH for Hurricane Loss Estimation
  • The HAZUS-MH Hurricane Wind model provides the means to assess the losses that may occur from a hurricane. The hurricane model has the capability to assess impacts from historic as well as user-defined storms. It can also consider the impact of storms based on their probability of occurring. After completing this course, you will have an awareness of the abilities of HAZUS-MH to generate estimates of building damage estimates, shelter needs, and economic impacts from hurricane wind events. The course will conclude with a hands-on exercise that includes definition of a hurricane scenario and a review of its social and economic impacts.

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  • Introduction to Using HAZUS-MH for Earthquake Loss Estimation
  • The HAZUS-MH earthquake model considers information about building stock, economic data, geology, the location and size of potential earthquakes, and other information to estimate losses that might be incurred from an earthquake. Once the location and size of a hypothetical earthquake are identified, the model estimates the violence of the ground shaking, the number of buildings damaged, the number of casualties, the amount of damage to transportation systems, disruption to the electrical and water utilities, the number of people displaced from their homes, estimated cost of repairing projected damage, and other effects. This course concludes with a hands-on exercise which includes definition of an earthquake scenario and a review of its social and economic impacts.

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  • Introduction to the HAZUS-MH Comprehensive Data Management System
  • The HAZUS-MH Comprehensive Data Management System (CDMS) helps HAZUS-MH users generate more accurate hazard loss estimations by integrating their own data into the HAZUS-MH analysis process. In this course, you will learn the basic workflow for importing site-specific and aggregate data to update HAZUS-MH inventories. This course focuses on the process of using CDMS rather than HAZUS-MH data requirements or data preparation.

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  • Hazus-MH (Multi-Hazards) for Decision Makers
  • HAZUS-MH is a powerful, free ArcGIS extension developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. HAZUS-MH works with ArcGIS Desktop to display hazard data and estimate the impacts of hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes on communities (e.g., damage to buildings and lifelines, estimates of displaced populations and shelter needs, and short- and long-term economic impacts).

    HAZUS-MH can be used by individuals and organizations with limited knowledge of hazard analysis, as well as by those with extensive expertise in the earth, building, and GIS sciences due to its diverse range of options. This seminar provides an overview of the capabilities of HAZUS-MH and how it can support mitigation, response, and recovery efforts.

    The presenter discusses capabilities of HAZUS-MH, benefits of using HAZUS-MH, the Flood, Earthquake, and Hurricane Models and their corresponding outputs, and additional resources and training opportunities.

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Online Hazus Training

Online Training through ESRI

Application of Hazus-MH for Disaster Operations

Emergency Management Institute, taking place from September 28 - October 1, 2015
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