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Hazus Resources

The Hazus program offers technical guidance, training, certifications 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

Formal 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

All training is held at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, Maryland (75 miles north of Washington, D.C.), or at the Incident Workforce Academy in Anniston, Alabama.

The following courses are available through the Emergency Management Institute. To find more information, visit their training catalog and search by the course number and/or name:

  • E0190: ArcGIS for Emergency Managers
  • E0313: Basic Hazus
  • E0170: Hazus for Hurricane
  • E0172: Hazus for Flood
  • E0174: Hazus for Earthquake and Tsunami
  • E0179: Applications of Hazus for Disaster Operations
  • E0317: Comprehensive Data Management for Hazus
  • E0177: Advanced Hazus Applications

To take training courses at the EMI, all potential students must submit an online application to NETC Admissions. Learn more about applying for EMI courses.

Hazus Certifications

Hazus certifications increase users’ technical capacity to apply Hazus tools. They also enable FEMA and others to identify and quantify the distribution of Hazus expertise across the nation. These are important factors in strategic planning for Hazus.

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Already certified? Consider joining the team of EMI-approved Hazus Instructors! Learn how to join.

On March 1, 2019, Hazus certifications were updated to reflect changes to the Hazus training program. Hazus Trained Professionals certified prior to March 1, 2019, are now listed and referred to as Hazus Trained Users. Hazus Trained Practitioner certifications remain the same. We recommend that all certified users continue the course work and take our new and updated Hazus training courses.

Hazus Trained User: Demonstrates proficiency in the use of the model, including an understanding of the underlying data structure, and has completed focused instruction on at least two hazards.

  • E0190 ArcGIS for Emergency Managers (prior GIS experience may substitute)
  • E0313 Basic Hazus
  • E0317 Comprehensive Data Management System (CDMS)
  • Minimum of TWO of the following: E0170 Hazus for Hurricanes; E0172 Hazus for Floods; or E0174 Hazus for Earthquake and Tsunami

Hazus Trained Practitioner: Demonstrates proficiency in the use of the model, including an understanding of the underlying data structure; has completed focused instruction on at least two hazards; and has completed additional specialized instruction in topic-specific areas.

  • E0190 ArcGIS for Emergency Managers (prior GIS experience may substitute)
  • E0313 Basic Hazus
  • E0179 Application of Hazus for Disaster Operations
  • E0177 Advanced Hazus Applications
  • E0317 Comprehensive Data Management System (CDMS)
  • Minimum of TWO of the following: E0170 Hazus for Hurricanes; E0172 Hazus for Floods or E0174 Hazus for Earthquakes and Tsunami

Trained users and practitioners receive a certificate upon completion of their respective curriculum track. If you have qualified for a certification and would like to be recognized, please email Paul Ganem.

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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.

Last updated December 30, 2020