2009 Hazus Conference Proceedings

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The 3rd Annual Hazus Conference took place in Raleigh, North Carolina August 10-12, 2009. This year’s conference brought together approximately 200 new users, experienced users, and interested users of Hazus Multi-Hazard (Hazus-MH), first responders, local government decision makers, planners and GIS specialists.

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Proceedings Content

Risk MAP Pilot Studies

This session will highlight lessons learned and results from the Hazus Risk MAP pilot studies in Southern California. The session will cover, in depth, inventory database enhancements for these pilot studies. Finally, critical success factors for all Hazus flood projects will be reviewed.

  • Steve Kalaf, Dewberry, Fairfax, VA: Critical Success Factors for Hazus Flood Projects
  • Ray Lenaburg, FEMA Region IX, Oakland, CA: Results and Lessons Learned- Southern California Hazus Risk MAP Pilots in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties
  • Hope Seligson, MMI Engineering, Huntington Beach, CA: Inventory Database Enhancements in FEMA's Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino County Risk MAP Pilot Studies

Embracing Risk MAP

Hazus is an integral part of the Risk MAP project. This session will examine the role of Hazus in the implementation of Risk MAP and how as Hazus users we can participate in the larger Risk MAP project.

  • Doug Bellomo, FEMA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Embracing Risk MAP

Innovative Uses of Hazus-MH

This session includes a presentation of how Texas coastal communities prepared for Hurricane Ike, demonstrating an innovative approach to support decision making, and highlighting the City of Houston OEM's wind reporting system: a semi real-time website that publishes wind information to the public during a hurricane event. Shanna Michael will demonstrate how the AECOM team was able to run the entire National Flood Hazard Layer thru Hazus-MH in approximately six weeks using an internally developed tool. Using the methodology of the Advanced Engineering Building Module in Hazus-MH, Stuart Moffatt will demonstrate how he has produced a loss estimation map with model-generated structural dollar losses for over 250,000 single-family residences of Salt Lake County.

  • Annie Ding, CivilTech Engineering, Cypress, TX: Using Hazus-MH to Support Preparedness and Response for Hurricanes
  • Shanna Michael, AECOM, Kansas City, MO: A Method for Creating a National Inventory of Potential Flood Losses Based On DFIRM Data
  • Stuart Moffatt, EmCODE.org, Silver Spring, MD: Parcel-Level Earthquake Analysis for Salt Lake County

Using Hazus-MH for Mitigation Plannning

This session will describe the Hawaii Hazus Atlas which has been used to support State and County training exercises and a real earthquake event on the Big Island. Also covered will be techniques and lessons learned in using Hazus in Hazard Mitigation Plan risk analyses for State and local governments. Darrin Punchard will present how the City of Savannah used Hazus to update their CRS Flood Mitigation Plan.

  • Andrea Chatman, Pacific Disaster Center, Kihei, HI: Hazus Support to Emergency Management in the State of Hawaii
  • Shelby Hudson, AMEC Earth and Environmental, Lakewood, CO: Unique Applications of Hazus-MH for Hazard Mitigation Plan Risk Assessments 
  • Darrin Punchard, AECOM, Boston, MA: CRS Flood Mitigation Planning in Savannah, Georgia

CDMS and Hazus-MH Data Collection

Both Florida and South Carolina have successfully incorporated the CDMS tool into their Hazus projects. Representatives from each state will demonstrate their incorporation of this tool and answer questions regarding setting-up CDMS Web Portals.

  • Melissa Berry, South Carolina Emergency Management Division, West Columbia, SC
  • Richard Butgereit, Florida Division of Emergency Management, Tallahassee, FL 
  • Ron Ernest, PBS&J, Orlando, FL
  • Margaret Griffith, PBS&J, Columbia, SC

Using Hazus-MH for Response and Recovery

This session highlights three innovative approaches in the use of Hazus for response and recovery. Doug Bausch will show how Hazus-based loss estimates will be critical in testing the recommended emergency activation levels from USGS products. Nick Delmedico says, "Don't abandon projects that have 100 meter DEMs, huge census blocks, large geographical areas, and limited populations," because Hazus can still provide answers. Mike Robinson will illustrate how Hazus analysis has great potential for supporting FEMA's Individuals and Households Program.

  • Doug Bausch, FEMA Region VIII, Denver, CO: Developing Recommended Emergency Activation Levels Using USGS Products and Hazus Loss Estimations
  • Nick Delmedico FEMA Region X, Bothell, WA: HAazus for Response Operations: Best Available Data
  • Mike Robinson, PBS&J, Raleigh, NC: Using Hazus-MH to Support Emergency Housing Missions

Future of Hazus Technology

The greatly anticipated Hazus-MH MR4 has been released. Come to this session to learn about all of the enhancements and how to apply them toward your risk analysis projects. In addition, learn about the future options and directions for the Hazus methodology.

  • Mourad Bouhafs, PBS&J, Atlanta, GA: Future of Hazus Technology
  • David Montague, ABS Consulting, Irvine, CA: Hazus MH Flood -- Recent Improvements and Future Options
  • Philip Schneider, National Institute of Building Sciences, Washington, DC: Overview of the Future of Hazus 
  • Peter Vickery, Applied Research Associates, Raleigh, NC: HAZUS: The Future of the Hurricane Model

Available Resources: Online, in the Classroom, and in Print

The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides support to all Hazus users in the form of online resources, training and printed publications. Phillip Moore from EMI will outline the Hazus training program for the coming year, including the Hazus Practitioner and Hazus Professional training programs. This is a great session for learning how to collaborate online with other Hazus users.

  • Jamie Caplan, Jamie Caplan Consulting, Northampton, MA: FEMA Provides Online Resources for All Hazus Users
  • Phillip Moore, FEMA Emergency Management Institute, Emmitsburg, MD: EMI Hazus curriculum for Fiscal Year 2010 
  • Janice Roper-Graham, Outreach Process Partners, Annapolis, MD: Getting the Recognition You Deserve for Your Brilliant Hazus-Based Projects

Hazus User Group (HUG) Meeting: Welcom North Carolina HUG and HAZUS Higher Education Resources Clearinghouse

FEMA is proud to feature the North Carolina Hazus User Group at this year's conference. This session will highlight how and why to participate in a Hazus User Group. Learn from several HUG leaders about their achievements and how to apply them in your region. The session will also introduce the expanding Hazus Higher Education Resources Clearinghouse.

  • Eric Coughlin, PBS&J, and  Jamie Caplan, Jamie Caplan Consulting: NCHUG Concept and Mission
  • Kevin Mickey, The Polis Center: Hazus Higher Education Resources Clearinghouse
  • Rick Burgess, FEMA Region IV Hazus Technical Team: Updates from other HAZUS User Groups
  • Vincent Brown, FEMA Headquarters, and Eric Coughlin, PBS&J: Participant Introductions and Future Direction of NCHUG

Hazus Q&A with the Developers

Do you have a question about the inner workings of Hazus? This session is a fabulous opportunity to meet face-to-face with the Hazus model developers.

  • Mourad Bouhafs, PBS&J, Atlanta, GA
  • Nikolay Todorov, ABS Consulting, Irvine, CA
  • Peter Vickery, Applied Research Associates, Raleigh, NC

Hazus Validation Studies

Doug Bausch will present a comparison of observed and modeled damages from the Kiholo Bay, Hawaii earthquake. Comparisons of observed vs. modeled results show good correlation, including casualties, structural and non-structural economic losses, highway bridge impacts, and damage by building counts. Herbert Longenecker will present a study of observed versus predicted losses for the coastal flooding event caused by Hurricane Katrina in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson Counties, Mississippi.

  • Doug Bausch, FEMA Region VIII, Denver, CO: Hazus-MH and the Kiholo Bay Earthquake: A Comparison of Observed and Modeled Damages
  • Herbert Eugene Longenecker, FEMA Region IV, Atlanta, GA: Flood Loss Modeling with Hazus-MH for Hurricane Katrina in Coastal Mississippi

Keynote Speakers and Awards Ceremony

Please join us for an exciting final session where we have the pleasure of two keynote speakers, Dr. John Pine and Dr. Gavin Smith. Dr. John Pine will present his work on using Hazus for decision making and Dr. Gavin Smith will address the broad policy and planning implications of assessing natural hazards risks. Following their presentation, Eric Berman and David Maurstad will host the annual awards ceremony where we will present the Innovation Awards, User Group Awards, and Certified Hazus-MH Professionals and Practitioner Awards.

  • John Pine, Director, Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC: Building Sustainable Communities 
  • Gavin Smith, University of North Carolina, Center for the Study of Natural Hazards and Disasters, Chapel Hill, NC: Hazus-MH and Hazards Analysis: Enhancing Emergency Management Decision Making
  • David Maurstad, PBS&J, Chantilly, VA: The Role of Risk Assessment in Hazards Management Planning and Policymaking

CDMS Training Workshop

This workshop will focus on enhancing the Hazus-MH supplied inventory with locally developed data. It is recommended for GIS analysts, database administrators, and others who will be responsible for migrating local data into the Hazus-MH database structure. Workshop presenters will demonstrate the tools and capabilities of the Comprehensive Data Management System (CDMS) that streamline the data update process. The workshop presenters will also identify those inventory elements that have the most impact on the estimation of losses for flood, earthquake, and hurricane events.

  • Kevin Mickey, The Polis Center, Indianapolis, IN 
  • Tracy Toutant, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC
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