Training

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

HAZUS Training at EMI

  • Hazus for Floodplain Managers
  • Mar 27, 2017 - Mar 30, 2017
  • E0176 Hazus for Floodplain Managers

    This course provides in-depth instruction and hands-on activities that develop the skills needed by floodplain managers and emergency planners to effectively use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools, with emphasis on Hazus, for modeling the impacts on communities from riverine and coastal flooding. Those who complete this course will understand the roles that Floodplain Managers support as well as how geospatial technologies such as Hazus can be used to protect communities beyond the minimum standards that Floodplain Managers are responsible for implementing.

    Selection Criteria:

    The audience for this course includes state and local floodplain managers, GIS specialists, federal, state and local planners and other personnel responsible for flood mitigation and response activities. Enroll

    Prerequisites:

    Required:
    E0313 Basic Hazus
    Recommended:
    E0190 ArcGIS for Emergency Managers.
    E0172 Hazus for Flood.

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  • Basic Hazus
  • Apr 03, 2017 - Apr 06, 2017
  • E0313 Basic Hazus

    This course offers a hands-on introduction to Hazus, 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 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 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 provided inputs. After completing this course participants can optionally take additional Hazus courses to learn to refine loss estimations by adjusting model parameters or by integrating their own inventory and hazard data.

    Prerequisites: Participants in this course should have skills equivalent to those taught in the “ArcGIS for Emergency Managers” course.

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  • Comprehensive Data Management for Hazus
  • May 01, 2017 - May 04, 2017
  • E0317 COMPREHENSIVE DATA MANAGEMENT FOR HAZUS

    This course provides an in-depth exploration of the Hazus inventory which describes the buildings, infrastructure and populations that are at risk from hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. It includes an overview of the methodologies that were used to develop and compile the Hazus-provided inventory. However, the focus of the course is on developing the technical skills for updating and maintaining the inventory with user provided data. Participants will work extensively with a variety of data management tools including ArcGIS. It is expected that they will have prior experience with ArcGIS prior to attending the course. Those without this experience will be challenged to successfully engage in course activities.

    Prerequisites: Participants in this course should have skills equivalent to those taught in the “ArcGIS for Emergency Managers” course.

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  • Hazus for Flood
  • Jun 12, 2017 - Jun 15, 2017
  • E0172 Hazus for Flood

    This course builds on the information provided in the E0313 Basic Hazus course by providing an in-depth exploration of the Hazus Flood model. An overview of the flood related inventory components is provided. An emphasis is placed on techniques for defining a flood hazard, adjusting parameters for identifying economic and social impacts from floods and interpreting and applying model outputs. Best practices for using the flood model to support emergency management are identified. Course instruction includes lectures, demonstrations and multiple hands-on individual and group activities.

    Prerequisites: Participants in this course must complete the “Basic Hazus” course and have skills equivalent to those taught in the “ArcGIS for Emergency Managers” course.

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  • Hazus for Hurricane
  • Jul 24, 2017 - Jul 27, 2017
  • E0170 Hazus for Hurricane

    This course builds on the information provided in the E0313 Basic Hazus course by providing an in-depth exploration of the Hazus Hurricane model. An overview of the hurricane related inventory components is provided. An emphasis is placed on techniques for defining a hurricane hazard, adjusting parameters for identifying economic and social impacts from hurricanes and interpreting and applying model outputs. Best practices for using the hurricane model to support emergency management are identified. Course instruction includes lectures, demonstrations and multiple hands-on individual and group activities.

    Prerequisites: Participants in this course must complete the “Basic Hazus” course and have skills equivalent to those taught in the “ArcGIS for Emergency Managers” course.

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  • Application of Hazus for Risk Assessment
  • Aug 14, 2017 - Aug 17, 2017
  • E0296 Application of Hazus for Risk Assessment

    This course provides mitigation planners with the skills to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools, with an emphasis on Hazus, to create and update the flood, hurricane and earthquake components of community risk assessments. A combination of individual as well as group activities lead the class through the step-by-step process of conducting a risk assessment including hazard identification, profiling of hazards, developing asset inventories, estimating losses and prioritizing mitigation options.

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  • Application of Hazus for Disaster Operations
  • Sep 11, 2017 - Sep 14, 2017
  • E0179 APPLICATION OF HAZUS FOR DISASTER OPERATIONS

    This course builds valuable skills for effectively using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools, with emphasis on Hazus, to support disaster operations. Participants learn the roles and responsibilities of the disaster management team as well as how GIS can support the activities that they perform. Particular emphasis is placed on strategies for identifying, acquiring and analyzing appropriate GIS compatible data for disaster operations. Numerous hands-on activities provide examples of effective applications of GIS tools, with a focus on Hazus. These activities address areas such as debris management, sheltering and infrastructure damage assessment. Participants also complete a capstone activity that provides an opportunity to use Hazus to support a realistic disaster scenario that is based on a community of interest to the participants.

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  • Comprehensive Data Management for Hazus
  • Sep 25, 2017 - Sep 28, 2017
  • E0317 COMPREHENSIVE DATA MANAGEMENT FOR HAZUS

    This course provides an in-depth exploration of the Hazus inventory which describes the buildings, infrastructure and populations that are at risk from hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. It includes an overview of the methodologies that were used to develop and compile the Hazus-provided inventory. However, the focus of the course is on developing the technical skills for updating and maintaining the inventory with user provided data. Participants will work extensively with a variety of data management tools including ArcGIS. It is expected that they will have prior experience with ArcGIS prior to attending the course. Those without this experience will be challenged to successfully engage in course activities.

    Prerequisites: Participants in this course should have skills equivalent to those taught in the “ArcGIS for Emergency Managers” course.

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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


Online Training

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

Getting Started with Hazus

This course provides an overview of the capabilities of Hazus, FEMA’s loss estimation tool for earthquake, flood, and hurricane wind hazards. You will learn about the history of Hazus, different levels of Hazus analysis and available Hazus resources and support. You will also learn to install the Hazus software, define a study region (the area of analysis used by Hazus) and begin to explore the basic types of analysis that Hazus can perform. You will also explore the types of information about the social and economic impacts of natural hazards that Hazus can generate.

Introduction to the Hazus Comprehensive Data Management System

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

Integrating User-Supplied Data into the Hazus Flood Model

This course introduces you to the options Hazus offers for integrating user-defined riverine flood hazard information into a Hazus study region. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to identify various user-defined Hazus flood analysis tools and describe the advantages and limitations of each.

Introduction to the Hazus Inventory

This course provides a general overview of how the Hazus inventory is compiled and utilized to estimate exposure to various hazards. You will learn the difference between aggregate and site-specific inventory and review which inventory is available for each Hazus model. You will also explore ways to integrate non-Hazus GIS resources into your Hazus analyses for a more complete understanding of a community’s risk.

Introduction to the Hazus Storm Surge Model

This course will help you develop a basic understanding of storm surges, as well as how Hazus models a storm surge hazard. You will explore various industry-standard models and learn the steps to analyze a storm surge event in Hazus. Upon completing this course, you will better understand the storm surge hazard model and how to effectively apply the Hazus results in the mitigation planning process.

Introduction to the Hazus Earthquake Model

This course will introduce you to the components of the Hazus earthquake model. You will be provided with a general overview of how earthquakes occur and learn the difference between a deterministic and probabilistic earthquake scenario and explore examples of each. In learning the methodology behind the software, you will become better equipped to make educated decisions about how to approach an earthquake analysis and utilize its results.

Introduction to the Hazus Flood Model

This course provides an introduction to the components of the Hazus flood model. You will be exposed to a general overview of the model and an explanation of the process of generating a Level 1 hazard analysis for coastal and riverine flooding. Upon completing this course, you will better understand the flood hazard model and the methodologies used in Hazus. This will ultimately help you to make educated decisions about how to approach the software and utilize the results.

Loss Estimation Using the Hazus Hurricane Model

This course addresses the many analysis parameters that can be set in the Hazus hurricane model. You will learn how these parameters impact loss analysis of communities impacted by hurricanes. You will also learn about Hazus’ ability to generate building damage estimates, shelter needs, and economic impacts from hurricane wind events.

Loss Estimation Using the Hazus Earthquake Model

This course builds upon the Introduction to the Hazus earthquake model course. The many analysis parameters you can set in Hazus to conduct earthquake analysis are addressed. You will explore the physical damage model for earthquakes, damage functions for buildings, building losses, loss of use and building debris, hazard parameters, sheltering, and economic losses. By learning methodology behind the software, you will be equipped to make educated decisions about how to approach an earthquake analysis and utilize its results.

Loss Estimation Using the Hazus Flood Model

This course addresses the many analysis parameters you can set in Hazus flood model. You will learn about Hazus’ ability to generate: building damage estimates; losses to essential facilities; impacts on transportation, utility lifelines and agriculture; amount of debris and shelter requirements. You will also learn how the information generated from the flood model can effectively be used by communities to better plan for and prevent losses from future flood events.

Introduction to the Hazus Hurricane Model

This course will help you develop a basic understanding of hurricanes, as well as how Hazus models a hurricane hazard. You will explore various hurricane scenarios including historical, probabilistic and user-defined. Upon completing this course, you will better understand the hurricane hazard model and the methodologies used in Hazus. This will help you make educated decisions about how to approach the software and utilize the results.

Understanding Hazus Earthquake Model Results

This course builds upon the Loss Estimation Using the Hazus Earthquake Model course and explores the various earthquake model results. In addition to providing an overview of the results formats—such as reports, tables and maps—this course explores the model’s analysis outputs, including direct physical damages, utility and transportation damages, debris and direct economic losses (such as casualties and sheltering). You will also learn to identify the key guidelines for properly interpreting and applying the outputs of the earthquake model.

Understanding Hazus Hurricane Model Results

This course addresses the various hurricane model results that Hazus can produce for a hurricane loss estimation study. In addition to providing an overview of the results formats (reports, tables and maps), this course explores the model’s analysis outputs, which include physical damages, utility and transportation damages and economic losses (such as sheltering). You will learn how to apply these results for better decision making.

Understanding Hazus Flood Model Results

The various flood model results and an overview of their formats (reports, tables and maps) are provided in this course. This course also explores the model’s analysis outputs, which include physical damages, utility and transportation damages, agriculture losses and economic losses (such as sheltering). You will learn to identify the key guidelines for properly interpreting and applying the outputs of the flood model.

To Enroll in HAZUS Training Courses at EMI

Download the Admission Application
or
Contact Paul Ganem for more information.
Visit FEMA’s website for additional information.

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