According to FEMA, Hazus is a nationally applicable standardized methodology that contains models for estimating potential losses from earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes.  Hazus uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to estimate physical, economic, and social impacts of disasters.  It graphically illustrates the limits of identified high-risk locations due to earthquake, hurricane, and floods.  Users can then visualize the spatial relationships between populations and other more permanently fixed geographic assets or resources for the specific hazard being modeled, a crucial function in the pre-disaster planning process.


Hazus is used for mitigation and recovery as well as preparedness and response.  Government planners, GIS specialists, and emergency managers use Hazus to determine losses and the most beneficial mitigation approaches to take to minimize them.  Hazus can be used in the assessment step in the mitigation planning process, which is the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster loses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.  Being ready will aid in the recovery after a natural disaster.


As the number of Hazus users continues to increase, so do the types of uses. Increasingly, Hazus is being used by states and communities in support of risk assessments perform economic loss scenarios for certain natural hazards and rapid needs assessments during hurricane response.  Other communities are using Hazus to increase hazard awareness.  Successful uses of Hazus are profited under Mitigation and Recovery and Preparedness and Response.  emergency managers have also found these map templates helpful to support rapid impact assessment and disaster response. 


SP&D uses HAZUS-MH, ARC GIS, and Spatial Analysis software.  Both Level 1 & 2 analysis are conducted by SP&D staff.  Ms. Michele King is a FEMA HAZUS Certified Practitioner.

Worchester County Hazard

Mitigation Plan

2014

Baltimore County Hazard

Mitigation Plan

2014

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