FEMA Employs New State-of-the-Art Technology to Predict Losses from Hurricane Isabel

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As Hurricane Isabel threatened the East Coast of the U.S., FEMA got a chance to test out the newest innovation in predicting losses from natural disasters. In mid-September, FEMA's Mitigation Division (MT) was performing acceptance testing on the latest version of HAZUS-MH (Hazards-US-Multihazard), its state-of-the-art Geographic Information System (GIS) loss estimation software. HAZUS-MH is the latest in a series of HAZUS releases. Since FEMA was in possession of a fully operational version of HAZUS-MH, FEMA elected to utilize HAZUS-MH in preparing for the landfall of Hurricane Isabel. FEMA successfully employed the HAZUS-MH Hurricane Wind Module to develop loss estimates based on the projected track and intensity of Hurricane Isabel.
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