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Hazus Resources

The Hazus program offers technical guidance, training, and information about ongoing and recent projects to help stakeholders complete successful risk assessments. Please review the resources listed below for assistance using Hazus, and reach out to the Hazus Team with questions.

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Technical Assistance

Contact the Hazus Team for additional technical assistance.

To download or view Hazus release notes, please visit our Hazus User Release Notes page.

User Guidance, Technical Manuals, and Other Modeling Resources

User Guidance Documents are designed to help users navigate Hazus software to complete a risk assessment project. Technical Manuals provide detailed information about the expert methodologies used by each Hazus model. To download or view Hazus guidance and manuals, please visit our Hazus User and Technical Manuals page.

Hazus Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs): SOPs are available for creating earthquake scenarios and performing Hazus Level 2 flood analyses. They contain step-by-step instructions and best practices.

Advanced Engineering Building Module (AEBM) Technical and User's Manual: The AEBM manuals describe procedures for developing building-specific damage and loss functions for the Hazus earthquake module. Download the AEBM Technical and User's Manual.

Hazus Risk Assessment Training

Hazus training courses educate users on the application of Hazus earthquake, flood, hurricane, and tsunami models. These courses also include useful GIS and risk assessment concepts and specialized instruction for emergency managers. Students are educated on all steps of the loss estimation process, from data management and inventory improvement to running a loss analysis.

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Questions about training courses? Email the Hazus Team.

Online Training Videos

Visit FEMA’s YouTube page to view any of the 21 short training videos that introduce users to Hazus and provide a refresher for those who have taken formal in-person training. The following YouTube playlists group and order the training videos into user-friendly sessions:

In-Person Training and Hazus Certifications

Beginning Oct. 1, 2021, in-person Hazus training will no longer be provided at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, Maryland or at the Incident Workforce Academy in Anniston, Alabama. Hazus Certifications will also be discontinued on this date.

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Sign up to receive updates about the Hazus Program, including our latest projects and links to our quarterly newsletters and webinars, training, and conferences.

Publications

Risk Assessment Tools from FEMA’s Hazus Program, The GIS Professional, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, February 2020.

A domestic earthquake impact alert protocol based on the combined USGS PAGER and FEMA Hazus loss estimation systems, Earthquake Spectra, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, January 2020.

Development of Wind Speed Contours for 2017 Atlantic Basin Land Falling Hurricanes, March 2019.