The Role of HAZUS-MH in Geospatial Preparedness: A Perspective from the DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer
The National HAZUS Users Conference (June 19-21, 2007), represented an important milestone in the development and use of HAZUS-MH. Dan Cotter, Chief Technology Officer, DHS, opened the conference with a presentation on The Role of HAZUS-MH in Geospatial Preparedness, and emphasized the following points: The success of HAZUS-MH and other models will continue to be a function of three key factors: 1) model quality; 2) modeler expertise; and 3) good data. It is not enough to have a quality model, results need to be shared and customers need to use common data sets. “Mitigators”’ are in the best position to champion and steward common operational geospatial data for use within the emergency management community. The Department of Homeland Security and partners are spending considerable sums of money on data and geospatial tools. Greater emphasis needs to be given to integrating HAZUS-MH with these tools and improving interoperability.