Topic Specific Hazus User Group Call - July 26, 2011

Jul 26, 2011

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Phil McCormick, Emergency Operations Coordinator, City of Riverside OEM, will introduce the audience to how the City of Riverside enhanced their HAZUS?MH database over the last two years coordinating GIS Activities with all City Departments.  There were three primary goals of the project:

1. Enhance the level, amount, and quality of the HAZUS?MH database
2. Enhance the level, amount, and quality of the CAD databases used by police, fire, and utilities.
3. Develop a unified method for all city departments in planning for and determining appropriate initial field responses to earthquakes and other events in the city.


This development included an expansion of the basic HAZUS?MH Occupancy Classes (DHS/FEMA, 2005) to allow for a standard citywide method of identifying buildings and businesses. The use of parcel information, business license information, the city?s utility billing information, and the police/fire CAD information provided for the expansion of the data.  During this project, FEMA Region IX funded an extensive update of essential facility data throughout the County of Riverside and that project?s data were augmented by additional data from the city, adding private schools, colleges, private care facilities, day care locations, etc. to the database. The city also added extensive URM, hazmat, utility, military, business and parcel data to the database.

With the completion of the dataset, the City of Riverside then developed a universal Earthquake Response Book which is being used by all major city departments (police, fire, water, electric, and public works) in planning for and the actual initial responses to events. The book consists of earthquake scenarios with realistically selected locations and magnitudes for the region.  Each scenario is based on a HAZUS?MH run at magnitudes of 5.0, 6.0, and 6.5, with an additional scenario based on the 7.8 ?ShakeOut? scenario earthquake in Southern California. The book contains a series of maps for each scenario, along with a snapshot summary of damage, debris, casualties, etc. These books are carried in the supervisor?s vehicles for police, fire, public works, and utilities, as well as maintained in the dispatch centers for public safety, public works, and utilities. The final step of the project will be to transition the books and other newly developed data to electronic formats for vehicle mobile computer use.

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