Recipient: Florida HUG (FLHUG)
The next award goes to a Hazus-MH Users Group (HUG) that has been on fire during the past year. The Florida HUG (FLHUG), which was very well represented at this conference, has worked very closely with the Florida Division of Emergency Management and FEMA Region IV to recruit top Geographic Information System (GIS) practitioners from all corners of the state into the FLHUG.
The FLHUG has distinguished itself in several ways. The group has been very focused in setting goals and priorities, and has developed and nurtured a committee structure to carry out its work.
One of the priorities of the FLHUG has been to develop a Hazus data collection and management strategy that would promote consistency and uniformity in Hazus data development. This spring, the FLHUG sponsored two-day training session for its members on Comprehensive Data Management for Hazus, and is using this course as a springboard for a long-term strategy to develop a statewide Hazus inventory.
One of the keys to the success of the FLHUG is the active support from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, which is providing key staff to support the FLHUG committees in carrying out their tasks.
Accepting the HUG Innovation Award for Organization and Data Management on behalf of the FLHUG is Rick Burgess, the current president.