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

Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for Liberty and Chambers Counties in Texas

DENTON, Texas– New preliminary flood maps for residents and business owners in Liberty and Chambers counties are now ready for residents to review. Local, state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials teamed up to produce them.

Residents and business owners are encouraged to view the maps for a better understanding of their flood risks. This understanding will help make informed decisions about building plans. It will also help decide whether to purchase flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program.

FEMA monitors tropical systems along the East Coast and Hawaii

Residents urged to take direction from State, Local, and Tribal officials

WASHINGTON – FEMA, through its regional offices in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York City, and Oakland, and its Pacific Area Office in Honolulu, continues to closely monitor Tropical Storm Hermine and Hurricane Lester.

FEMA Continues to Closely Monitor Hermine and Lester

FEMA Urges Residents in Potentially Affected Areas to Take Direction from State, Local, and Tribal Officials 


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