South Carolina HAZUS User Group (SCHUG)

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Melissa Berry Potter
SHMO & Risk Assessment Coordinator
CDMS/Web Portal Administrator
South Carolina Emergency Management Division
2779 Fish Hatchery Road
West Columbia, SC 29172
p: 803.737.8856
e: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

What We Do

The South Carolina HAZUS Users Group (SCHUG) was formed in October 2008 to increase coordination and collaboration between state-wide emergency managers, GIS users, and educational institutions. The state, with support from FEMA, has created a Web Portal that allows the Comprehensive Data Management System (CDMS) software to be accessed online by multiple users. The Web Portal will allow HAZUS-MH data to be updated and uploaded continuously. The data will permit the state to perform improved hazard assessments for use in disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.

SCHUG Mission

Use HAZUS-MH software to reduce the loss of life and property caused by natural and technological hazards in South Carolina through its implementation into the preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation stages of emergency management.

SCHUG Goals

Develop partnerships with all counties in South Carolina, the University of South Carolina, the College of Charleston, and other state agencies.

Improve HAZUS-MH loss-estimation and risk assessment through the statewide use of the Web Portal and Comprehensive Data Management System to update and maintain data.

Continue to increase the quality of loss estimation and hazard data in South Carolina.

Share project success nationwide.

News from Region IV

More than $5 million Approved for Disaster Aid to Kentucky Flooding Survivors

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Three weeks after President Obama declared a major disaster for Kentucky, approximately $5.3 million in federal aid has been approved to help those affected by the July storms and flooding.

More than 1,000 individuals and households have contacted the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help or information by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362/TTY 800-462-7585.

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Disaster Recovery Centers to Close For Labor Day

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Disaster recovery centers, which are operated by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will not be open on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.

The Johnson County disaster recovery center (120 Tays Branch Road in Paintsville) and the Carter County center (539 Hitchins Ave. in Olive Hill) will close Saturday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. and reopen Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 9 a.m. (EDT).

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Three Kentucky Counties Designated for Federal Assistance After July Storms

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended a recent disaster declaration for severe storms in July in order to make survivors in Breathitt, Fleming and Perry counties eligible for its Individual Assistance program.

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HUG Announcements

SCHUG Conference Calls
The next SCHUG call will be held on Tuesday, November 6th at 2:00pm EST.  For more information please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

SCHUG Projects
We are looking for innovative uses of HAZUS!  Check out a few of our suggestions on the Projects page.

A Reminder to all CDMS Participants and County Emergency Managers
We are always looking for updated HAZUS data to improve analysis!

CDMS Web Portal Project is a Success
The second data update using CDMS was a success!  We have approximately 80% coverage in South Carolina.

Want to Become a Member of the SCHUG?
The SCHUG is currently seeking members for the user group.

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HUG Resources

SCHUG Develops from the Successful CDMS Web Portal Project

SCHUG Contact List

CDMS Database Update - Helpful Hints
Hints and advice for entering data into the CDMS Database.

GIS and Hazard Data Resources
Find data to improve your HAZUS analysis and risk assessments

SCHUG Meeting Minutes
View minutes from each conference call here.

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