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  • Floodplain Management Requirements: A Study Guide and Desk Reference for Local Officials

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    This study guide and desk reference can serve two purposes. First, it can be used as a study guide to enhance the knowledge and skills of local officials responsible for administering and enforcing local floodplain management regulations. It is also intended to broaden their understanding of floodplain management strategies that can be applied at the local level. Local officials and others can use the study guide to help them study for the exam for the Association of State Floodplain Manager's (ASFPM) Certified Floodplain Manager designation.
  • HAZUS-MH: FEMA's Software Program for Estimating Potential Losses from Disasters

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    HAZUS-MH is a multi-hazard risk assessment and loss estimation software program developed by FEMA. This presentation discusses the advantages and special features offered by this program to assist State and local governments in identifying particular areas of concern and to quantify potential losses from disasters. HAZUS-MH is used to estimate the potential for loss from specific hazard events, before, during and after such events take place. The program is designed to help in the decision on how to allocate resources for the most efficient and effective response and recovery. And finally, it is used to aid in the prioritizing of the mitigation measures that need to be implemented to reduce future losses. HAZUS-MH allows users to: identify the various hazards that face communities, assess the level of readiness and preparedness to deal with disasters before they occur.
  • Innovative Tools To Plan Safe and Secure Communities: Preparing Effective Risk Assessments

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    This presentation discusses the 5 steps of preparing an effective risk assessment. Step 1 identifies the type of hazards facing your community. Step 2 profiles hazards. Step 3 inventories assets to discover what and how much you have available for use. Step 4 discusses the uses of various tools available through HAZUS-MH, like RAT and the Flood Macro Wizard. The final step considers all the mitigation options and chooses the one that best meets your particular needs. Included are 2 case studies to illustrate the effectiveness of risk assessments.
  • HAZUS-MH and Technological Hazards

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    HAZUS-MH is the cutting-edge software model developed by FEMA for estimating losses that may occur in the event of disasters. HAZUS-MH provides comprehensive risk assessment by integrating data about hazards with that about populations, structures, and their contents. HAZUS-MH also allows users to run "what-if" scenarios to determine hazard impacts in hypothetical situations. HAZUS-MH architecture easily enables linkage to 3rd party Technological Hazards (TH) models, or seamless integration of newly developed TH models with results provided in the same standardized format of existing HAZUS-MH hazards.

  • Glossary of Frequently Used Terms for Levee Systems

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    The terms listed below will regularly be encountered by mapping partners, stakeholders, and users that are actively involved in the Flood Map Modernization (Map Mod) effort that has been undertaken by the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as part of its administration of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Many of these terms would be of particular interest to those involved in the evaluation and mapping of levee systems and levee-impacted areas.
  • Acronyms and Abbreviations Frequently Used for Levee Systems

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    The acronyms and abbreviations in this fact sheet, dated November 2010, will regularly be encountered by mapping partners, stakeholders, and users that are actively involved in the Flood Map Modernization (Map Mod) effort that has been undertaken by the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, as part of its administration of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Many of these acronyms and abbreviations would be of particular interest to those involved in the evaluation and mapping of levee systems and levee-impacted areas.

  • The NFIP and Levee Systems: Frequently Asked Questions

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    This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, dated November 2010, answers basic questions about levee systems such as: what they are; the risks associated with them; why understanding the risks is important; accreditation; de-accreditation, and provisional accreditation issues; and maintenance deficiencies. This FAQ document also provides resources for obtaining more information about levee systems.
  • Mecklenburg County HAZUS Project

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    The various ways of reducing loss of life and flood damage are mentioned. Benefits of future land use conditions and if this can help reduce flood damage. Presentation purposed the change of floodplain (stage) to 4.3 in Mecklenburg County.
  • Report of the Floodplain Management Forum

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    The Floodplain Management Forum was held on June 8, 2000, in Washington, DC. A diverse group of floodplain management experts participated in the Forum and discussed the future of floodplain management in the United States. The Forum is part of a continuing process to increase the public dialog and develop strategies that better protect and enhance our Nation's floodplains and reduce the costs of flood disasters. This report captures the major themes that were presented by the participants during the Forum. The themes present a challenge not only to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other Federal agencies but also to State governments, community officials, and individual citizens.
  • Application of HAZUS® to the New Madrid Earthquake Project

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    Uses a target area of 5 states and 40 counties to determine the best way to for help to arrive and accommodate the population. They located the number of officials (police, fire, and medical) and schools. The application is to be used to assure the buildings are safe enough for use during a crisis.
  • The HAZUS Hurricane Model and Its Use in Mitigation National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Florida

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    The conference was held to alert personnel of ways to reduce loss of life and property damage during a natural hazard. There was a section for how to calculate loss (damage and casualties).
  • Emergency Support Function #14 – Long-Term Community Recovery and Mitigation Annex

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    Emergency Support Function (ESF) #14 – Long- Term Community Recovery and Mitigation provides a framework for Federal Government support to State, regional, local, and tribal governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector designed to enable community recovery from the long-term consequences of an Incident of National Significance. This support consists of available programs and resources of Federal departments and agencies to enable community recovery, especially long-term community recovery, and to reduce or eliminate risk from future incidents, where feasible.
  • Disaster Assistance: A Guide to Recovery Programs

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    Disaster Assistance: A Guide to Recovery Programs supports the National Response Plan as a resource for Federal, State, local, and non-governmental officials. It contains brief descriptions and contact information for Federal programs that may be able to provide disaster recovery assistance to eligible applicants.
  • Long Term Community Recovery Planning Process: A Self-Help Guide

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    The purpose of this guide is to provide communities with a framework for long-term community recovery that has been used by FEMA and its technical advisors over the past several years. This LTCR process has been successful in bringing communities together to focus on their long-term recovery issues and needs and to develop projects and strategies to address those needs. The recovery effort for these communities is still underway, but the LTCR plan and the process employed to develop the plan has been a critical part of their recovery effort.

  • An Overview of HAZUS – Multi-Hazard: FEMA’s GIS-based, Multi-hazard Risk Assessment Program for Analyzing Potential Losses

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    A presentation about the benefits of having HAZUS-MH as presented by Kevin Mickey during the March 2004 Mid-Atlantic Regional workshop HBCUs and local communities. The what, why, how, who and where's about the HAZUS-MH program is the basis for the presentation.
  • Dam Safety in the United States: A Progress Report on the National Dam Safety Program

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    This report on the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 through 2011 is submitted to Congress by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as required by the Dam Safety Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-460). The Dam Safety Act of 2006 states that the Administrator of FEMA will submit a report that describes the status of the National Dam Safety Program, the progress achieved by the federal agencies during the two preceding fiscal years in implementing the Federal Guidelines for Dam Safety, and the progress achieved by the states participating in the Program.
  • FEMA P-499, Home Builder's Guide to Coastal Construction

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    FEMA produced this series of 37 fact sheets to provide technical guidance and recommendations concerning the construction of coastal residential buildings. The fact sheets present information aimed at improving the performance of buildings subject to flood and wind forces in coastal environments. Photographs and drawings illustrate National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulatory requirements, the proper siting of coastal buildings, and recommended design and construction practices for building components, including structural connections, the building envelope, and utilities.

  • Proposed Base Flood Elevation Determinations for Various Communities in Wake County, North Carolina

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    On April 6, 2005, FEMA issued a preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report and Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for Wake County, North Carolina and Incorporated Areas for public review. In keeping with National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations, FEMA published notices of the proposed Base Flood Elevations shown in the FIS report and on the FIRM in a local newspaper and in the Federal Register.
  • All You Need To Know To Use Hurrevac Effectively

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    Hurrevac2000, a program funded by FEMA (DHS), Army Corps of Engineers and NOAA, has developed into a comprehensive decision tool for emergency managers. However, the numerous features of the program can present challenges to the occasional or infrequent user who may have a problem figuring which routines are important in the decision-making process. This training is designed to review only those Hurrevac topics and features that are felt necessary for hurricane decision-making by a county emergency manager. There are of course other outside factors that come into play in evacuation decisionmaking, but by outlining only the most relevant topics in Hurrevac, we hope to maximize the utility of the program for decision-making in threat situations.
  • Flood Information Tool (FIT) Community Demonstration Grant Program: HAZUS Flood Model

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    Presentation on the HAZUS Flood Model using the Flood Information Tool (FIT)

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