Texas HAZUS User Group (TXHUG): Using HAZUS-MH Runs to Calculate Debris and Commodity Needs for Hurricanes

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During the spring of 2007, the Texas Governor’s Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) participated in a GAP analysis meeting with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The GAP analysis included what levels of commodities (ice, water, food) could be supplied by the State as well as the amount of tree debris likely to be produced and the State’s ability to dispose of it, following a Category 3 hurricane. The scenario used was based on a hypothetical hurricane coming ashore along the southern coast of Texas. The HAZUS-MH wind model was used to estimate hurricane wind damage. This information was then built upon using an U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) model that calculates commodities that could be distributed. The result of this effort was a flexible, user-friendly spreadsheet that incorporates several programmed formulas, or assumptions, was then developed for a user to calculate specific debris removal and commodity needs.
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