SEATTLE, Wash. -- What would happen if a 9.0 earthquake struck the Seattle region? Approximately two hundred emergency managers, geologists, Geographic Information System (GIS) specialists and federal, state and local preparedness planners from around the world will meet at the Jackson Federal Building in downtown Seattle 10-12 August to discuss this and other risks at the 5th Annual Hazus Conference. According to FEMA Regional Administrator Ken Murphy, Hazus is a multi-hazard risk assessment software tool that combines science, engineering, mathematical modeling and GIS technology to estimate potential loss of life and property damage from natural hazards.
"Hazus technology allows users to model potential impacts from natural hazards such as earthquakes, hurricane winds and floods," said Murphy. "This year's conference will include two and a half days of educational sessions on new Hazus models, land use planning, and risk communications, and finish up with a groundbreaking North American partnership U.S./Canadian cooperative arrangement to collaborate and adapt Hazus technology for use in Canada and elsewhere outside the United States.
Registration is free and registration forms are available online at: www.hazus.net/2011. For more information about Hazus, visit: www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/hazus." Hazus is a Risk MAP assessment tool; for more information about Risk MAP visit: www.fema.gov/plan/ffmm.
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