The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it is funding a Comprehensive Data Management System (CDMS) Web Portal project in Florida, which will complement a similar project that is underway in South Carolina.
The CDMS Web portal enables users to import and manage Hazus-Multi Hazard (Hazus-MH) data through the web. All that is needed is a browser and either Excel or Access. This functionality and ability to access and share large datasets from multiple locations, represents an important breakthrough in Hazus-MH technology. View larger image.
The South Carolina project is entering the implementation phase, with five training sessions scheduled across the state for the summer, 2008.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) is the taking the lead, with technical support from FEMA Region IV, in the development of its own CDMS Web portal that will initially focus on essential facilities.
The CDMS Web portal has several important features that will improve statewide data management:
- Little software is required, with no installation requirements, which will facilitate the expansion of the user base.
- The CDMS Web portal enables the user to upload and download the datasets that are available on the CDMS desktop version, including site specific inventory (e.g., essential facilities) general building stock and building specific data.
- A role-based security system is used, which enables the Administrator to assign roles and responsibilities to users and thus limit user access to the database (for example, the user can be assigned rights to update essential facilities; all facilities in a single county or other multiple combinations).
The CDMS Web portal will be a valuable tool for Florida's risk and emergency managers. The FDEM's Information Management Section will be taking the lead in the full integration of the CDMS into Florida's data management and GIS applications strategies.
The Florida Hazus-MH Users Group will also play a prominent role in the use of the CDMS Web portal, particularly in the ongoing data inventory process.
To view a PowerPoint presentation with notes, go to: CDMS Web Portal.
The Web Portal will be developed to complement and be fully integrated with the Comprehensive Data Management System (CDMS) that is under development by FEMA to support Hazus-MH.