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.


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


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.


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

FEMA Reminds Survivors: One Call Gets You In

COLUMBIA, S.C. Survivors of South Carolina flooding Oct. 1-23 can get help with one phone call.

Call the Federal Emergency Management Agency helpline at 800-621-3362 for information about many federal disaster assistance-related matters. Lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Survivors who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; those who use 711/VRS can call 800-621-3362. They can also visit www.disasterassistance.gov.

Sumter Disaster Recovery Center Reopens at New Location on Tuesday

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The disaster recovery center formerly at the Sumter County Civic Center will reopen at the following location at 8 am. Tuesday, Nov. 24:

  • Central Carolina Technical College building located at 853 Broad St. in Sumter

The center will be open six days a week Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice. The center will be closed Thanksgiving Day.                                                                                                                

FEMA Mitigation Advisers Offer Guidance to Flood Survivors in Kershaw, Richland Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. – As South Carolinians rebuild and repair after the recent historic floods, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local home improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand in Kershaw and Richland counties to answer questions and offer home improvement tips to prevent and lessen damage from future disasters. Most of the information is geared towards do-it-yourself work and general contractors.


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