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

Ten Years after Katrina, FEMA has Obligated Over $3.2 billion in Public Assistance

BILOXI, Miss. -- More than $3.2 billion in FEMA funding has been allocated to Mississippi for Public Assistance after Hurricane Katrina. FEMA’s Public Assistance program includes grants for the repair and rebuilding of public infrastructure, such as bridges, roads, schools, hospitals and sewer treatment facilities. The PA program also provides funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures, such as search and rescue operations, temporary roads and overtime for other emergency workers, including police and firefighters. 

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More than $159 million Obligated for Safe Rooms from Katrina

BILOXI, Miss.-- In the last 10 years, FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program has obligated more than $159 million from Hurricane Katrina recovery to build community safe rooms throughout Mississippi to protect people during storms. HMGP provides grants to state, local and tribal governments to implement long-term mitigation measures to reduce the loss of life and property from a disaster.

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FEMA Helps Mississippi Preserve Important Architectural Properties

BILOXI, Miss. -- As part of an innovative agreement between federal, state, local and tribal officials, 29 historic properties lost during Katrina have been commemorated with cast aluminum markers.

“We thought it especially important to have sketches of the destroyed buildings on the markers,” said Kenneth P’Pool, deputy state historic preservation officer of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. “It gives people an appreciation of what was lost. Some of these illustrations are the last examples of architectural styles on the Coast.”

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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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