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
- FEMA ASSISTANCE TOPS $2 MILLION IN FIRST TRIBAL RECOVERY
CHEROKEE, N.C. – Financial assistance under the first presidential disaster declaration issued to a tribal nation has topped $2.4 million, FEMA officials say.
FEMA is funding repair and recovery projects for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians following severe weather that caused flooding and landslides in January.
“This is the first time the federal government has worked one-on-one in partnership with a tribal government following a disaster,” said Michael Bolch, the FEMA official in charge of federal operations in the recovery. “It is a truly historic operation.”English
- Time Running Out to Register With FEMA
PURVIS, Miss. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency are reminding those affected by the February tornadoes and flooding that they have only a short time left to register for assistance.
The deadline for registering is April 15 for residents of Forrest, Greene, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Marion, Perry and Wayne counties.
Assistance is available for homeowners, renters and businesses who suffered loss or damage as a result of the disaster.English
- FEMA Seeks Applicants for Youth Preparedness Council
ATLANTA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is looking for youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities, and who want to expand their impact as national advocates for youth disaster preparedness.
Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 interested in strengthen the nation’s resiliency against disasters may now apply or be nominated to serve on FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council. Participants will represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness and share information with their communities.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.