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
- Digital Preliminary Flood Maps for Richland County Ready for Public Viewing
ATLANTA -- Newly revised preliminary digital flood insurance rate maps for Richland County, SC will be available for residents to review at a public open house at the Richland County Office Building on June 24, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m. Flood maps show the extent to which areas are at risk for flooding, and are used to help determine flood insurance and building requirements.English
- Kentucky Storm Survivors Urged to Stay in Touch with FEMA
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky storm survivors who have registered for disaster assistance are urged to stay in touch with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and keep their contact information current throughout the recovery process.
If survivors change their addresses, telephone numbers, bank accounts or insurance information, it is important that they share the new information with FEMA.English
- Two Kentucky Counties Designated for Public Assistance
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended a recent disaster declaration for severe winter storms in February in order to make Ballard and Wayne counties eligible for its Public Assistance program.
Local governments and eligible private nonprofit organizations in Ballard and Wayne may apply for federal funds to pay 75 percent of the approved cost of emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities. FEMA’s Public Assistance is a cost-share reimbursement program.English
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.