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

SBA Disaster Assistance Loan Application: Key to Continuing the Recovery Process

OXFORD, Miss. — If disaster survivors in Mississippi apply for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and are referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration, it’s important for them to submit an SBA loan application to ensure that the federal disaster recovery process continues.

If you are a homeowner or renter and SBA determines you cannot afford a loan, you may be considered for FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance program. The program helps meet essential needs like medical and dental care, funeral costs and transportation expenses.

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Get Advice on Rebuilding Stronger and Safer This Weekend in Batesville

OXFORD, Miss. – Home and business owners looking for information on how to rebuild safer and stronger following the destructive December storms will find help this weekend at Lowe’s in Batesville.

Mitigation specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be at Lowe’s on Highway 6 East in Batesville this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Help Remains After Benton, Marshall, Quitman Recovery Centers Close

OXFORD, Miss. – The disaster recovery centers operated by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Benton, Marshall and Quitman counties will close permanently Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. However, disaster survivor assistance teams continue to canvass these areas with information on available assistance.

Many services available at disaster recovery centers are also available by calling the FEMA helpline. Survivors of the December storms, tornadoes and flooding can get help by calling 800-621-3362 or

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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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