South Carolina HAZUS User Group (SCHUG)
Melissa Berry Potter
SHMO & Risk Assessment Coordinator
CDMS/Web Portal Administrator
South Carolina Emergency Management Division
2779 Fish Hatchery Road
West Columbia, SC 29172
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.
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.
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
- 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.English
- 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.English
- FEMA Continues to Closely Monitor Hermine and Lester
FEMA Urges Residents in Potentially Affected Areas to Take Direction from State, Local, and Tribal OfficialsEnglish
SCHUG Conference Calls
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.
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.