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Hazus Training

Hazus training courses provide instruction in the application of the four Hazus models: Hurricane, Flood, Earthquake, and Tsunami, as well as specialized instruction for emergency managers. Students are instructed in all steps of the loss estimation process, from data management and inventory verification and improvement, to running a loss analysis as well as useful GIS and Risk Assessment concepts. Emergency managers, GIS specialists, geologists, state and local planners, consultants, and all those involved in risk assessment activities benefit from Hazus training.

Regularly scheduled Hazus training classes are held at FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) located on the National Emergency Training Center campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland, 75 miles north of Washington, DC. For course schedules and descriptions, please visit the EMI Course Schedule page and input "Hazus" in the search box at the top of the "course" column, then hit enter.

Note: For more information on updates to the Hazus courses at EMI, feel free to contact the Hazus Outreach Team at hazus-outreach@riskmapcds.com

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Training Videos

The Hazus Program has developed 21 short training videos to help users become familiar with the software or provide a refresher for those who have already taken the in-person training offered at EMI. Topics range from Installing Hazus, Viewing Inventory Data, Importing Site Specific Data, Importing Hazard Data, and many more!

How do I Enroll in Hazus Training Courses?

All training is held at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland or the Incident Workforce Academy in Anniston, Alabama.

To Apply:

For trainings at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, all invitees must submit an online application to NETC Admissions.

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is located at the following address:

National Emergency Training Center
16825 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727-8998
Phone: (301) 447 - 1035
Fax: (301) 447 - 1658
Email:
netcadmissions@fema.dhs.gov

For more information on applying to EMI courses, please visit www.training.fema.gov/apply

The Admissions Office will send a welcome package to participants outlining travel procedures, airport pick up time by EMI bus, etc. Anyone staying overnight on the NETC campus is required to purchase a meal ticket for the duration of the training activity. A copy of the Travel Authorization must be presented upon arrival. No exceptions are made to this NETC policy. Lodging is provided for course participants on the NETC campus. Students must use NETC Shuttle Service from the airport unless their TA authorizes a rental car. Notify the NETC Transportation Office at least 1 week prior to the course date to reserve a seat. Call 301-447-1048/1113, Fax 301-447-1248 or email to netc-housing@dhs.gov.

For further information, please visit training.fema.gov/emi  or email your inquiry to the Mitigation Branch at: FEMA-EMI-MIT@fema.dhs.gov

Hazus Trained Users and Practitioners

Get your Hazus skills recognized: the Emergency Management Institute Program Office has developed a curriculum track of courses leading to a certificate as a Hazus Trained User or Hazus Trained Practitioner. Interested participants should be advised that although the course codes are the same, some of the course titles have changed to better reflect course content and level. Get the details on the Hazus Trained Users and Practitioners Programs ! Please note that that standards for Hazus training certificates have been updated as of March 1st, 2019.

Hazus Instructor

Now that you have improved your Hazus knowledge through practical application , consider joining the team of EMI-approved Hazus Instructors! Learn how here.

Course Descriptions

E0190 ArcGIS for Emergency Managers 

Course Description:

This course teaches new GIS users how to apply the ArcGIS for Desktop software to support disaster mitigation, response, recovery, and risk management. ArcGIS for Desktop allows users to analyze their data and create geographic knowledge to examine relationships, test predictions, and ultimately make better decisions. Course participants complete numerous hands-on activities that help them learn to develop informative maps as well as to use tools that answer questions based on where things are located and what is known about them. It also develops a variety of skills that can be used to create, edit, manage, and analyze both spatial and tabular data. While this course does not provide hands-on instruction specifically on Hazus, all activities use Hazus inventory and analysis outputs.

Course Objectives:

  • Learn how GIS can be used by emergency management professionals.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the most commonly used ArcGIS tools—particularly those related to creating maps and asking questions.
  • Identify examples of advanced GIS tools and techniques that are available for exploration outside of this course.

Prerequisites: None 

 

E0313 Basic Hazus

Course Description:

This course offers a hands-on introduction to Hazus, FEMA’s GIS-based tool for analyzing the social and economic impacts from natural hazards including hurricanes, earthquakes, floods (riverine and coastal), and tsunamis. Impact assessments for each hazard include shelter needs, short- and long-term economic losses, and debris estimations. Hazus can also assess impacts on transportation and utilities, agricultural losses, and vehicle losses for selected hazards.

Topics addressed in this course include overviews of building and population inventory components; options for describing the magnitude and extent of modeled hazards; loss estimation methodologies; and options for creating maps, tables, and reports that describe hazard impacts.

Particular emphasis is given to exploring and interpreting the outputs that Hazus can generate as well as discussing how that information can be applied to support emergency management needs and goals. All activities are based on Hazus provided inputs.

After completing this course, participants can optionally take additional Hazus courses to learn to refine loss estimations by adjusting model parameters or by integrating their own inventory and hazard data.

Course Objectives:

  • Learn the types of information that Hazus can produce as well as how that information relates to emergency management.
  • Know how to navigate the Hazus software user interface.
  • Develop a basic understanding of how Hazus generates information about exposure and losses related to flood, earthquake, and hurricane hazards.

Prerequisites: E0190 ArcGIS for Emergency Managers or verifiable (academic transcript, diploma, certificate attached to your application) skills equivalent to those taught in the "ArcGIS for Emergency Managers" course.

 

E0170 Hazus for Hurricane

Course Description:

This course builds on the information provided in E0313, Basic Hazus, by providing an in-depth exploration of the Hazus Hurricane model. An overview of the hurricane-related inventory components is provided. An emphasis is placed on techniques for defining a hurricane hazard, adjusting parameters for identifying economic and social impacts from hurricanes, and interpreting and applying model outputs. Best practices for using the hurricane model to support emergency management are identified. Course instruction includes lectures, demonstrations, and multiple hands-on individual and group activities.

Course Objectives:

  • Explain the key components of the methodology employed in the Hazus Hurricane model for defining the hurricane hazard as well as options that users have for refining the hurricane hazard definition.
  • Identify the key parameters that influence the social and economic impact assessments generated by the hurricane model.
  • Identify and apply best practices for most effectively using the hurricane model to support emergency management.

Prerequisites: E0190 ArcGIS for Emergency Managers or verifiable (academic transcript, diploma, certificate attached to your application) skills equivalent to those taught in the "ArcGIS for Emergency Managers" course. E0313 Basic Hazus or verifiable (supervisor letter, academic transcript, diploma, certificate attached to your application) skills equivalent to those taught in the "Basic Hazus" course. 

 

E0172 Hazus for Flood

Course Description:

This course builds on the information provided in E0313, Basic Hazus, by providing an in-depth exploration of the Hazus Flood model. An overview of the flood-related inventory components is provided. An emphasis is placed on techniques for defining a flood hazard, adjusting parameters for identifying economic and social impacts from floods, and interpreting and applying model outputs. Best practices for using the flood model to support emergency management are identified. Course instruction includes lectures, demonstrations, and multiple hands-on individual and group activities.

Course Objectives:

  • Explain the key components of the methodology employed in the Hazus Flood model for defining the flood hazard as well as options that users have for refining the flood hazard definition.
  • Identify the key parameters that influence the social and economic impact assessments generated by the flood model.
  • Identify and apply best practices for most effectively using the flood model to support emergency management.

Prerequisites: E0190 ArcGIS for Emergency Managers or verifiable (academic transcript, diploma, certificate attached to your application) skills equivalent to those taught in the "ArcGIS for Emergency Managers" course. E0313 Basic Hazus or verifiable (supervisor letter, academic transcript, diploma, certificate attached to your application) skills equivalent to those taught in the "Basic Hazus" course. 

 

E0174 Hazus for Earthquake and Tsunami

Course Description:

This course builds on the information provided in E0313, Basic Hazus, by providing an in-depth exploration of the Hazus Earthquake and Tsunami models. An overview of the earthquake and tsunami related inventory components are provided. An emphasis is placed on techniques for defining an earthquake hazard, adjusting parameters for identifying economic and social impacts from earthquakes, and interpreting and applying model outputs. Best practices for using the earthquake and tsunami models to support emergency management are identified. Course instruction includes lectures, demonstrations, and multiple hands-on individual and group activities.

Course Objectives:

  • Explain the key components of the methodology employed in the Hazus earthquake and tsunami models for defining the earthquake and tsunami hazards as well as options that users have for refining the hazard definition.
  • Identify the key parameters that influence the social and economic impact assessments generated by the earthquake and tsunami models.
  • Identify and apply best practices for most effectively using the earthquake and tsunami models to support emergency management.

Prerequisites: E0190 ArcGIS for Emergency Managers or verifiable (academic transcript, diploma, certificate attached to your application) skills equivalent to those taught in the "ArcGIS for Emergency Managers" course. E0313 Basic Hazus or verifiable (supervisor letter, academic transcript, diploma, certificate attached to your application) skills equivalent to those taught in the "Basic Hazus" course. 

 

E0179 Applications of Hazus for Disaster Operations

Course Description:

This course builds valuable skills for effectively using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools, with emphasis on Hazus, to support disaster operations. Participants learn how GIS can support the activities that disaster management teams perform. Particular emphasis is placed on strategies for identifying, acquiring, and analyzing appropriate GIS compatible data for disaster operations. Numerous hands-on activities provide examples of effective applications of GIS tools, with a focus on Hazus.
These activities address areas such as debris management, sheltering, and infrastructure damage assessment. Participants also complete a capstone activity that provides an opportunity to use Hazus to support a realistic disaster scenario that is based on a community of interest to the participants.

Course Objectives:

  • Explain how the roles and responsibilities of the disaster operations team can be supported by geospatial tools and data.
  • Explain how the capabilities of Hazus can support disaster operations activities.
  • Identify strategies for improving Hazus inputs and other related GIS data in order to derive the most benefit from GIS tools when applied to disaster operations.

Prerequisites: E0190 ArcGIS for Emergency Managers or verifiable (academic transcript, diploma, certificate attached to your application) skills equivalent to those taught in the "ArcGIS for Emergency Managers" course. E0313 Basic Hazus or verifiable (supervisor letter, academic transcript, diploma, certificate attached to your application) skills equivalent to those taught in the "Basic Hazus" course. 

 

E0317 Comprehensive Data Management for Hazus

Course Description:

This course provides an in-depth exploration of the Hazus inventory, which describes the buildings, infrastructure, and populations that are at risk from hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and tsunamis. It includes an overview of the methodologies that were used to develop and compile the Hazus-provided inventory. However, the focus of the course is on developing the technical skills for updating and maintaining the inventory with user-provided data.

Participants will work extensively with a variety of data management tools including ArcGIS. It is expected that they will have experience with ArcGIS prior to attending the course. Those without this experience will be challenged to successfully engage in course activities.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the structure of Hazus inventory including file locations and contents.
  • Know how to use the Comprehensive Data Management System to improve the Hazus inventory with user-provided data.
  • Prioritize the most important parts of the Hazus inventory that require updating based on project needs.
  • Identify typical sources of information that can be used to update the Hazus inventory.

Prerequisites: E0190 ArcGIS for Emergency Managers or verifiable (academic transcript, diploma, certificate attached to your application) skills equivalent to those taught in the "ArcGIS for Emergency Managers" course. E0313 Basic Hazus or verifiable (supervisor letter, academic transcript, diploma, certificate attached to your application) skills equivalent to those taught in the "Basic Hazus" course. 

 

E0177 Advanced Hazus Applications (forthcoming Spring 2020)

Course Description:

The course is designed to help students bridge the gap between the hazard-specific, basic Hazus courses currently offered at EMI (i.e. Hazus for Flood, Hazus for Hurricane, Hazus for Earthquake and Tsunami) and the knowledge necessary to perform advanced analyses in Hazus applicable for more complex response decision-making or risk reduction project prioritization. This course was developed to expand the advanced-level offerings from a flood-only focus to include all four hazards. This course will provide instruction for users of all four Hazus hazards to conduct an advanced Level 3 analysis for their own community, including modifying building damage functions, importing local data, and adjusting other parameters.

This course is designed to maximize student learning through activities and in-Hazus demonstrations that emphasize advanced manipulation of scenario data, parameters, and inventory data. Pre-packaged data will be provided as part of the course material for both in-course activities and a final capstone exercise.

Prerequisites: Participants in this course should have a detailed understanding of Hazus and completed multiple Hazus courses. 

 
Last Updated: 
10/08/2019 - 09:24