HAZUS: Case Studies and Success Stories

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Implementing Hazus Multi-Hazard (Hazus-MH) methodology into state mitigation plans has been a useful risk assessment tool for determining potential physical, economic, and social losses. FEMA produces several success stories each year to highlight outstanding work by Hazus User Groups (HUGs) and Hazus users. The stories are sorted by hazard methodology and FEMA Region.


Region II
Earthquake Loss Estimation Study for the New York City Area 
This study describes the scale and extent of damage and disruption that may result from potential earthquakes in Manhattan.

Region VIII
Hazus-MH Used in Support of Utah Seismic Safety Legislation
The State of Utah has recently taken important steps to reduce the vulnerability of schools to damaging earthquakes in the Wasatch Front region. The model has sharpened the focus on the vulnerability of schools in this region to damaging earthquakes. Specifically, Hazus-MH has been used to estimate losses and potential casualties from scenario earthquakes in a region that is among the most susceptible in the U.S. to seismic activity.

FEMA Region IX
HIHUG: Hawaii Hazus Atlas Cover image of Hawaii HUG Success Story

For instant earthquake analysis in Hawaii, turn to the Hawaii Hazus Atlas. The twenty plausible earthquake scenarios will assist any emergency manager with all phases of disaster planning.

NVHUG: Loss-Estimation Modeling of Earthquake Scenarios for Each County in Nevada Using Hazus-MH
Quickly visualize earthquake losses for all Counties in Nevada with these Hazus studies.

Hazus-MH Used to Support San Francisco Bay Area Earthquake Exercise  
California officials hosted a major, joint Federal, State, and local California statewide exercise, entitled “Golden Guardian ’06 (GG06)”, which comprised of 36 hours of play focusing on a catastrophic San Francisco Bay Area earthquake. Hazus-MH was used to support the exercise, simulating a repeat of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

FEMA Region X
ORHUG: Geologic Hazards and Future Earthquake Damage and Loss Estimates for Six Counties in the Mid/Southern Willamette Valley, Oregon

The “Partnership” helps Oregon counties with hazard maps, damage estimates and mitigation plan management.


3RiversHUG: California University of Pennsylvania Hazus User Group
California University of Pennsylvania (CUP) bringing Hazus expertise to local governments in Southwestern Pennsylvania through research and service projects.

3RiversHUG: CUP Students Begin a New Chapter in Hazus History
Find out how students at CUP are using Hazus to assist municipal governments with all levels of emergency management.

FEMA Region IV
Using Hazus for Flood Loss Estimates and CRS Flood Mitigation Planning  
Hazus-MH used by the City of Savannah, Georgia to meet their goals to assess and quantify current flood hazard risks using new geospatial data and best available technology; to increase public and stakeholder involvement in the City’s mitigation planning efforts; and to maximize potential credit points under FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS) through quality plan development and implementation.

FEMA Region V
Wisconsin Emergency Management: Using Hazus-MH to Evaluate Flood Risks and Losses Across the State

Leveraging Hazus methodology, the state of Wisconsin, conducted 100-year-flood analysis for the whole state.

FEMA Region VI
Louisiana State University: Using the Power of Hazus to Study a Floodprone State

Michelle Barnett used Hazus to analyze damage estimates for flood-prone parishes in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.Three of the studies of the Louisiana Gulf Coast focused on the lower Amite River Valley, the Calcasieu River Basin, and St. Mary Parish, respectively.

Johnson County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Collaborates with the University of Iowa Department of Geography to Assess Flooding Impacts Using Hazus-MH

June 9, 2008, Johnson County Emergency Management Director Dave Wilson anxiously watched as floodwaters rose to record levels of 28 feet upstream. Forecasts called for more rain, painting a grim picture for the County. Visualizing a repeat of the 1993 flood, Wilson realized that using paper maps to plan response and recovery would not be a viable option. EMS turned to Hazus-MH for answers.

Johnson County, Iowa Wins Honorable Mention for Initiative Using Hazus to Speed Disaster Recovery From 2008 Iowa Floods
The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) presented the Johnson County Emergency Management Agency with an Honorable Mention for the national 2009 James Lee Witt Local Award for Excellence in Floodplain Management.

Hurricane Winds

FEMA Region IV
NCHUG: Incorporating Hazus-MH Methodologies to Assist with Mitigation Planning and Hurricane Operations

Dare County, North Carolina uses Hazus in their updated mitigation plan to show the potential damages to infrastructure and buildings as well as potential economic impacts during wind events.

FLHUG: A Catalyst for Mitigating Risks and Improving Collaboration Between Florida’s Emergency Management Professionals
Florida finds a way to achieve “economies of scale,” by forming the Florida Hazus User Group (FLHUG) and mitigating risks using Hazus.

Hazus-MH Best Practices: State of Florida  
This best practice article highlights the important Hazus-MH initiatives that have been carried out in Florida through the leadership of the Florida Division of Emergency Management in close coordination with FEMA Region IV and the Florida Hazus Users Group (FLHUG).

FEMA Region VI
ARHUG: Arkansas Tech University Uses Hazus-MH for Mitigation and Business Continuity Planning

Arkansas Tech University’s use of Hazus shows the benefits that the Hazus data offers in microanalysis situations.

TXHUG: Using Hazus-MH Runs to Calculate Debris and Commodity Needs for Hurricanes
How many truck loads of debris are generated? How many bottles of water or MREs are needed to feed the workers clearing debris? Quantifiable answers are available through the commodity needs spreadsheet.


FEMA Region IV
South Carolina Hazus User Group Develops from the Successful CDMS Web Portal Project

Building on momentum of Hazus training and the CDMS Web Portal Project, Melissa Berry forms the SCHUG to create a network of hazard professionals to generate high level risk assessments.

Strengthens Disaster Preparedness Nationwide by Sharing Hazus Expertise
What can the FEMA Region IV Hazus Technical Team do for you? They provide assistance using Hazus for the highest levels of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

FEMA Region V
CHUG: Expanding Hazus Use in FEMA Region V

The six states in FEMA Region V that comprise the Central Hazus Users Group plan for natural disasters using the Hazus methodology. Sharing the successes and challenges between users helps bring the entire region together in planning for natural disasters.

FEMA Region IX
Tribal Governments: Using Hazus-MH for American Indian Reservation’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Planning

Sovereign Indian nations are gathering data and using Hazus for mitigation planning despite the Reservation designation of “unincorporated area” without publicly accessible data.

Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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