FEMA Region IV (Southeast) HAZUS Technical Team (R4HTT)

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Rick Burgess
HAZUS Program Manager
FEMA Region IV
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What We Do

Since April, 2004, FEMA Region IV (Southeast) HAZUS Technical Team has put the groundwork in building HAZUS capabilities in the Southern United States. Through these efforts, the , FEMA Region IV (Southeast) HAZUS Technical Team has now established the Center of HAZUS Expertise to support the rapid needs assessments and response operations for land falling hurricanes.

HAZUS-MH has been used extensively for supporting the Region IV Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC) and the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) for the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons. In the first quarter of 2007, the Region IV Center of HAZUS Expertise assisted FEMA Region VI to examine a potential scenario if Hurricane Dean had made landfall in southern Texas. Following this exercise, Region IV was granted by the FEMA Headquarters Program Office the authority to use HAZUS-MH for supporting NRCC and Hurricane prone regions and states.

Region IV activities go beyond support for disaster operations. Relying on in-house expertise, knowledge, and experience, Region IV has a vast portfolio of services that can be provided to nationwide HAZUS-MH users in government, the private sector and academia.

Mission

The mission of the FEMA Region IV (Southeast) HAZUS Technical Team is to:

Implement FEMA’s HAZUS-MH loss-estimation software in all eight FEMA Region IV states

Develop partnerships with national research laboratories, universities, corporations, utilities, and nonprofit organizations as well as federal, state and local governments

Understand the steps required for implementing the HAZUS-MH

Use results generated from HAZUS-MH pilot projects for mitigation planning to meet the requirements of mandatory Disaster Mitigation Act (DMA) 2000 mitigation plan development

Organize the SEHUG to use HAZUS and share results from scenario exercises and response situations

Share project successes nationwide

Goals

Reduce the loss of life and property of natural and manmade hazards in the Southeastern United States by utilizing HAZUS-MH software for all phases of emergency management.

Objectives

Create comprehensive multi-hazard risk assessments using HAZUS-MH

Network all levels of government, emergency management professionals, GIS professionals, and private industry

Train all levels of government, emergency management professionals, GIS professionals, and private industry in HAZUS-MH. Provide the knowledge, tools, and resources for members to run HAZUS-MH independently.

Improve the databases with HAZUS-MH to allow SEHUG to run HAZUS-MH Level 2 analyses within each state.

Integrate HAZUS-MH in each state

News from Region IV

Five Years of Progress after Historic Tornadoes

Atlanta -- Five years after tornadoes devastated the southeast and resulted in four federal disaster declarations in five days, hard-hit communities are building back stronger. To date, assistance to residents and communities in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee from the Federal Emergency Management Agency totals more than $504 million.

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Digital Preliminary Flood Maps for Coastal Areas of Flagler County Ready for Public Viewing

ATLANTA-- Newly revised preliminary digital flood insurance rate maps for coastal areas of Flagler County, FL will be available for residents to review at a public open house at the Hammock Community Center on May 5, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Flood maps show the extent to which areas are at risk for flooding, and when updated maps become effective they are used to help determine flood insurance and building requirements.

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Mitigation Advice Available at Olive Branch Home Depot

RIDGELAND, Miss. – Are you repairing or rebuilding damaged property? Have questions about flood insurance? Want to protect your property from potential loss or damage from future disasters? Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation specialists are in Olive Branch to answer questions on building stronger.

Advisers are available April 28 to May 3 at the Home Depot at 7740 Craft Goodman Road in Olive Branch. They will be in the store today from noon to 7 p.m. and Friday through Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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