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Regularly scheduled Hazus training classes are held at FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) located on the National Emergency Training Center campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland, 75 miles north of Washington, DC.

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Courses provide instruction in all steps of the loss estimation process, from inventory verification and improvement to running a loss analysis; how to use Hazus results for mitigation, as well as for comprehensive planning, response, and recovery activities; data management; and useful GIS concepts. Emergency managers, GIS specialists, geologists, state and local planners, consultants, and all those involved in risk assessment activities benefit from Hazus training. See the table below for course information and scheduling.

COURSE
NUMBER
COURSE TITLEDATES
E0170Hazus-MH for HurricanesJanuary 13-16, 2014
E0172Hazus-MH for FloodApril 21-24, 2014
E0174Hazus-MH for EarthquakeDecember 9-12, 2013
E0176Hazus-MH for Floodplain ManagersMarch 17-20, 2014
E0179Application of Hazus-MH for Disaster OperationsJanuary 27-30, 2014
E0190ArcGIS for Emergency ManagersOctober 21-24, 2013
E0190ArcGIS for Emergency ManagersMarch 24-27, 2014
E0296Application of Hazus-MH for Risk AssessmentJanuary 20-23, 2014
E0296Application of Hazus-MH for Risk Assessment EnrollJuly 7-10, 2014
E0313Basic Hazus-MHNovember 18-21, 2013
E0313Basic Hazus-MHMarch 31-April 3, 2014
E0313Basic Hazus-MH EnrollAugust 4-7, 2014
E0317Comprehensive Data Management for Hazus-MHFebruary 3-6, 2014
E0317Comprehensive Data Management for Hazus-MH EnrollAugust 11-14, 2014

How do I Enroll in Hazus Training Courses?

To enroll, download the Admission Application or contact Jordan Manos at jordan.manos@fema.dhs.gov or via phone at  301-447-1356. 

For further information on registration, please visit training.fema.gov/emiweb. For information about Regional training opportunities and events, go the Hazus Regional Training page or contact Vincent Brown by e-mail at vincent.brown@fema.dhs.gov.

The Classroom Training and Virtual Training flyers are both available in the FEMA Library.

2014 Training

All training is held at the Emergency Management Institute, Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727; or the Noble Training Center in Anniston, Alabama.

To Apply:

All invitees must complete and fax a FEMA 119-25-1 application to NETC Admissions at 301-447-1658. The Admissions office will send a welcome package to participants outlining travel procedures, airport pick up time by EMI bus, etc. Anyone staying overnight on the NETC campus is required to purchase a meal ticket for the duration of the training activity. A copy of the Travel Authorization must be presented upon arrival. No exceptions are made to this NETC policy. Lodging is provided for course participants on the NETC campus. Students must use NETC Shuttle Service from the airport unless their TA authorizes a rental car. Notify the NETC Transportation Office at least 1 week prior to the course date to reserve a seat. Call 301- 447-1048/1113, Fax 301-447-1248 or email to netc-housing@dhs.gov.

ESRI Virtual Hazus-MH Courses

Virtual training courses make it easy for you to harness the power of Hazus-MH to get a quantified and geospatial view of the potential risks your community faces. Once you know what could happen, your community can make informed decisions to prevent losses and protect its citizens. With online courses to serve varying interests and training needs, the series will help public and private organizations plan for and mitigate natural disasters. Learn more about the virtual training courses and their descriptions

Esri now has online courses that will substitute for the E0313: Basic Hazus-MH class requirement that is part of the Hazus Trained Professional track certificate program. Of the courses listed below, the only ones that are not required for the substitute credit for the E0313 course are:

  • Integrating User-Supplied Data into the Hazus 2.0 Flood Model
  • Hazus-MH for Decision Makers
  • Introduction to the Hazus 2.0 Comprehensive Data Management System

The other 12 courses are required for substitute E0313 credit. To receive credit toward the E0313 requirement, copies of the course certificates for all 12 courses (from Esri) need to be sent to Jordan Manos (Jordan.Manos@fema.dhs.gov). Note that this only provides credit toward the Hazus Trained Professional certificate. No EMI certificate or credit will be issued.

Hazus Trained Professionals and Practitioners

Become a Hazus-MH expert! The Emergency Management Institute has developed a curriculum track of courses leading to a certificate as a Hazus Trained Professional or Hazus Practitioner. Interested participants should be advised that although the course codes are the same, some of the course titles have changed to better reflect course content and level. Get the details on the Hazus Trained Professionals and Practitioners Programs!

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ESRI Speaker Series Podcast: Hazus-MH Web Course Series Developers Discuss Release of New Courses and Related Activities

(Published February 5, 2008) Vince Brown, Senior Program Specialist in the Mitigation Division at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Kevin Mickey, Director of Professional Education and Outreach at The Polis Center, Indiana University, Indianapolis, discuss the release of the latest Hazus-MH web-based courses to help public and private organizations plan for and mitigate natural disasters as well as the Hazus-MH User Conference and related activities. Download the Podcast from the FEMA Library.

Course descriptions

E0170 Hazus-MH for Hurricane

This course provides in-depth instruction and hands-on exercises that develop the skills needed to effectively use Hazus-MH for modeling the impacts on communities from hurricanes. The focus of the course is on the processes that are used to define a hurricane hazard and to generate social and economic loss estimations. However, the course also provides a review of the methodologies used to compile the extensive out-of-the-box inventory that is provided with Hazus and it provides an introduction to the techniques for updating the inventory, which is largely composed of best available national data sources, with more accurate aggregate and site specific local data.

The course begins with a review of the basics of the hurricane model components. This is followed by a detailed discussion on the definition of the hurricane hazard including a review of the key components that drive the hazard analysis and the damage models that generate the analysis output. The class continues by providing students with an understanding of the means by which Hazus-MH can be applied to meet the needs of a variety of emergency management functions including techniques for estimating shelter, debris, and economic impacts as well as how this type of information can be applied to support the identification of mitigation strategies. It concludes with a review of model uncertainties and the means by which to address those uncertainties within the analysis process.

Prerequisites: Participants in this course must complete the "Basic Hazus-MH" course and have skills equivalent to those taught in the "ArcGIS for Emergency Managers" course. Enroll 

E0172 Hazus-MH for Flood 

This course provides in-depth instruction and hands-on exercises that develop the skills needed to effectively use Hazus-MH for modeling the impacts on communities from riverine and coastal flooding. The focus of the course is on the processes that are used to define a flood hazard and to generate social and economic loss estimations. However, the course also provides a review of the methodologies used to compile the extensive out-of-the-box inventory that is provided with Hazus and it provides an introduction to the techniques for updating the inventory, which is largely composed of best available national data sources, with more accurate aggregate and site specific local data.

Participants will become familiar with the many options that Hazus-MH provides for generating a flood depth grid. These range from having Hazus-MH define a flood hazard with limited data to providing Hazus-MH with detailed information about a flood hazard produced by other modeling tools or obtained from sources such as the products generated by the FEMA Map Modernization Program. Following discussion of the hazard development process, the course will explore mechanisms used to analyze losses as well as the multitude of maps, tables, and reports that Hazus-MH generates with a focus on how to interpret the wealth of information provided in these outputs. Finally, students will be provided with an opportunity to complete a group exercise that enables them to apply the valuable skills learned in class.

Prerequisites: Participants in this course must complete the "Basic Hazus-MH" course and have skills equivalent to those taught in the "ArcGIS for Emergency Managers" course. Enroll 

E0174 Hazus-MH for Earthquake 

This course provides in-depth instruction and hands-on exercises that develop the skills needed to effectively use Hazus-MH for modeling the impacts on communities from earthquakes. The focus of the course is on the processes that are used to define an earthquake hazard and to generate social and economic loss estimations. However, the course also provides a review of the methodologies used to compile the extensive out-of-the-box inventory that is provided with Hazus-MH, which is largely comprised of best available national data sources, and it provides an introduction to the techniques for updating the inventory with more accurate aggregate and site specific local data.

This course provides students with the opportunity to expand on the skills developed in the Basic Hazus-MH course by exploring many of the advanced capabilities of the Hazus-MH earthquake model. It includes discussion of how Hazus-MH can be used to conduct detailed building analysis using the Advanced Engineering Building Module (AEBM). It also reviews the differences that might be seen in the output from earthquake models caused by variations in vulnerabilities existing in different building configurations. The class helps students understand the impacts of modifying model parameters by providing focused discussion on the process of estimating losses for bridges, pipelines, and socio-economic parameters. It concludes with a discussion on model uncertainties and applications of the model for assessing mitigation strategies and supporting response and recovery activities.

Prerequisites: Participants in this course must complete the "Basic Hazus-MH" course and have skills equivalent to those taught in the "ArcGIS for Emergency Managers" course. Enroll 

E0176 Hazus-MH for Floodplain Managers

This course provides in-depth instruction and hands-on exercises that develop the skills needed by Certified Floodplain Managers and Emergency Planners to effectively use the Hazus tools necessary for modeling the impacts on communities from riverine and coastal flooding. This course uses highly advanced modeling based on the E0172, Hazus-MH for Flood. The course provides sophisticated analysis of flood modeling with respect to the needs of local and State Certified Floodplain Managers and Emergency Management personnel.
Selection Criteria: The audience for this course includes State and local Floodplain Managers; GIS specialists; Federal, State and local planners; and other personnel responsible for flood mitigation and response activities. Enroll

Prerequisites:
Required:

E0313, Basic Hazus-MH
Recommended: 
E0190, ArcGIS for Emergency Managers.
E0172, Hazus-MH for Flood.

E0179 Application of Hazus-MH for Disaster Operations

This course provides FEMA and state emergency management officials with comprehensive guidance on the use of Hazus-MH at the Joint Field Office (JFO) to support emergency management decisions. The course is not intended to provide instruction on how to operate Hazus-MH at the JFO (current courses provide this instruction), but how to use Hazus-MH analyses and outputs to support decisions on emergency management policies, plans, programs, and implementation strategies. Enroll

Prerequisites: None

E0190 ArcGIS for Emergency Managers

This hands-on course is designed to empower emergency managers, planners, engineers, public safety professionals, and others with the skills needed to visualize, query, and analyze information related to disaster mitigation, response, recovery, and risk management using ArcGIS, the application on which Hazus-MH is based.

The course provides a solid foundation of basic skills for new ArcGIS users. These skills include map design, creation of charts and reports, techniques for constructing both spatial and attribute related queries, creation and manipulation of tabular as well as geographic data, understanding and managing coordinate systems, and managing spatial data with ArcCatalog. The course also introduces a number of the more powerful capabilities of ArcGIS such as georeferencing scanned imagery, geocoding, and the Spatial Analyst extension which is required by Hazus-MH for flood modeling, but can also be used for a significant range of other tasks including visualization of terrain data, modeling of population movements, and much more. The class concludes with a group exercise in which students apply the skills that they have learned to solve a realistic problem.

While this course does not provide hands-on instruction specifically on Hazus-MH, all exercises use Hazus-MH inventory and model output and therefore students become familiar with elements of Hazus-MH while learning how to use the underlying GIS technology upon which Hazus-MH operates. Enroll 

E0296 Application of Hazus-MH for Risk Assessment

This course provides participants with an understanding of how they can use the Hazus-MH risk assessment methodology and tools to assist them in their efforts to conduct the community risk assessments that are necessary to be compliant with the ongoing requirements - especially mitigation planning - of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000). DMA 2000, among other things, sets conditions, which must be met, for communities to be eligible to receive certain Federal disaster assistance. The course includes hands-on computer exercises using the Hazus-MH software to perform risk assessment related tasks. It focuses on the process of applying the wealth of information that Hazus-MH includes and that it can produce to the risk assessment process rather than on learning the process of actually running Hazus-MH. A combination of individual as well as group hands-on exercises lead the class thru the step-by-step process of conducting a risk assessment including hazard identification, profiling of hazards, developing asset inventories, estimating losses, and prioritizing mitigation options. Enroll

Prerequisites: None

E0313 Basic Hazus-MH 

This course provides students with an introduction to the capabilities that Hazus-MH offers for helping communities understand the social and economic risks that they face from earthquake, flood, and hurricane hazards. During the first part of the course, students are led thru the process of installing Hazus-MH and creating a study region that defines the area at risk from a hazard. They are then led thru a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises that help them understand how Hazus-MH can be used to define and analyze flood, earthquake, and hurricane wind hazards and the types of information that Hazus-MH can produce about the social and economic losses that can result from each of those hazards. The course focuses on a level 1 analysis which makes it possible to perform a complete hazard analysis that minimal to no additional input of data beyond what is included with the software.

This course is recommended for anyone involved with or interested in planning for issues related to flood, earthquake, or hurricane wind events. This includes government officials, students and researchers, insurance companies, utilities and others.

Prerequisites: Participants in this course should have skills equivalent to those taught in the "ArcGIS for Emergency Managers" course. Enroll 

Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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