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

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Rick Burgess
HAZUS Program Manager
FEMA Region IV
p: 770.220.5426
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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

Digital Preliminary Flood Maps for Richland County Ready for Public Viewing

ATLANTA -- Newly revised preliminary digital flood insurance rate maps for Richland County, SC will be available for residents to review at a public open house at the Richland County Office Building on June 24, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m. Flood maps show the extent to which areas are at risk for flooding, and are used to help determine flood insurance and building requirements.

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Kentucky Storm Survivors Urged to Stay in Touch with FEMA

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky storm survivors who have registered for disaster assistance are urged to stay in touch with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and keep their contact information current throughout the recovery process.

If survivors change their addresses, telephone numbers, bank accounts or insurance information, it is important that they share the new information with FEMA.

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Two Kentucky Counties Designated for Public Assistance

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended a recent disaster declaration for severe winter storms in February in order to make Ballard and Wayne counties eligible for its Public Assistance program.

Local governments and eligible private nonprofit organizations in Ballard and Wayne may apply for federal funds to pay 75 percent of the approved cost of emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities. FEMA’s Public Assistance is a cost-share reimbursement program.

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