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Download Hazus Software Online

NEW! Hazus software is now available to download online! Now, in addition to ordering Hazus on DVD, users can visit the Map Service Center (MSC) site to download Hazus software and state datasets. The online download option is only available to US users. International users will continue to order a Hazus DVD by contacting the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) at 1-877-336-2627.

To download Hazus online or to order a DVD, visit the MSC Hazus order page

2.1 Software Release

We are pleased to announce that Hazus-MH 2.1 is now available! The 2.1 release includes improvements to the usability and functionality of the software, including:

  • Hazus-MH 2.1 is now compatible with Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) Service Pack 1, and Windows XP Service Pack 3.
  • Hazus-MH 2.1 is now compatible with ArcGIS 10.0 Service Pack 2. Hazus-MH 2.1 runs under Service Pack 3 but is not 100% certified.
  • The underlying database engine has been upgraded to SQL Server Express 2008 R2.
  • Menu options in the user interface of the three modules in Hazus-MH (Earthquake, Flood & Hurricane) have been adjusted to provide greater consistency.
  • IMPLAN default data is no longer provided with Hazus-MH. Users should supply their own data for Indirect Economic Analyses.
  • New damage and loss of use functions have been developed for hospitals, schools, and fire stations in the Essential Facilities portion of the Hurricane Module.
  • The windfields for several category 4 and 5 historical storms have been re-analyzed and updated in the Hurricane Module.
  • In recognition of the uncertainties inherent in hurricane forecasts, the Coastal Surge analysis capability has been disabled for forecast/advisories issued more than 24 hours before the expected time of landfall.
  • The Flood Module Average Annualized Loss (AAL) analysis has been reactivated with the following changes:
    • The 2 and 5 year return period extrapolations have been removed from the methodology.
    • The 200-year return period has been replaced by a 25-year return period in the methodology.
    • Refer to the Hazus–MH 2.1 Flood Technical Manual for complete details on the Flood AAL methodology.
  • A riverine level 1 study region automation feature has been added to the Flood Module.
  • The Flood Module is now processing Manning’s roughness coefficients dynamically based on a LULC grid as part of the Develop Stream Network process.
  • The Flood Module Hydraulics process has been optimized for scenarios where a suite of return periods is being analyzed.
  • Occupancy Mapping Schemes have been updated for the Earthquake Module.
  • The Earthquake Ground Motion Module has been updated to use the latest USGS Next Generation Attenuation (NGA) functions.
  • The Earthquake Module now includes a feature to analyze study regions greater than the 8 GB limit of SQL Server Express.

To Order Hazus-MH 2.1
Order the latest version of Hazus-MH 2.1 free-of-charge on-line by visiting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Map Service Center (MSC) Web Store at msc.fema.gov. For more information about how to set-up your account with the MSC and place your order please refer to the Hazus Overview Flyer.

Hazus joins the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX)

The Hazus Program is implementing an improvement in its user support processes that we’d like you to know about. While the Hazus Helpdesk (https://support.hazus.us) is still the main source of providing Hazus user’s with technical support, we are pleased to announce a new partnership with FEMA’s Map Information eXchange (FMIX) to provide additional telephone support. The new partnership with the FMIX will give Hazus users the ability to speak directly with a support representative during normal business hours to follow up on Helpdesk tickets, receive assistance in using the Helpdesk, or get answers to general questions about Hazus.

Users can reach the FMIX directly by calling 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627). FMIX hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am until 6:30 pm Eastern Standard Time (Eastern Daylight Time). Self-service options are also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

User Group Announcements

  • 2012 National Conference Calls
    • October 16, 2012 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
    • November 13, 2012 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
    • December 11, 2012 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

To participate in a call please contact Kathleen Goulding at hazus@arcaspicio.com or visit the FEMA Hazus User Group Page.

Training Announcements

  • Basic Hazus-MH, E313
    • November 5 – November 8, 2012
  • Hazus-MH for Floods, E172
    • December 3 - 6, 2012
  • ArcGIS for Emergency Managers, E190 
    • October 29 – November 1, 2012

Visit the Hazus Training Page for more information including the course schedule, course descriptions, and instructions for enrollment.

Conference Announcements




Hazus Involvement

APA Planning Conf.

Apr 13 – Apr 17, 2013

Chicago, IL

Hazus Collateral


June 9 – June 14, 2013

Hartford, CT


ESRI International Conf.

Jul 8- Jul 12, 2013

San Diego, CA



Last Updated: 
04/23/2013 - 10:24