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.


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

FEMA Mitigation Advisers Offer Guidance to Flood Survivors in Charleston, Darlington, Dorchester, Greenwood, Horry and 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 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.

Deadline Approaching to Register for FEMA Assistance

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Just a little over a week remains for survivors of the Oct. 1-23 storms and flooding in South Carolina to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and submit loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The deadline to register for federal disaster assistance is Friday, Dec. 4.

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


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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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