Guide to Using HAZUS for Mitigation

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A Guide to Using HAZUS for Mitigation describes how HAZUS can help your local community, county, region or state identify, develop and implement measures to accomplish effective earthquake hazard risk reduction. The Guide will assist you in using HAZUS to ask questions about your community's vulnerability to earthquake damage and how such losses might be reduced by implementing preventive (mitigative) actions. It will help you understand how to use HAZUS loss estimates to develop and implement an effective community mitigation plan. FEMA defines mitigation as "sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards and their effects." One of FEMA's principal objectives in promoting HAZUS is to encourage users to analyze, in advance, potential estimates of deaths, injuries, building damage and economic loss, and disruption to lifelines and critical facilities due to hazards, and then to design and implement measures to reduce expected losses.
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