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Hazus News and Events

News

Latest Risk Assessment Webinars from the Hazus Program

Are you interested in learning how to use Hazus open-source tools for effective mitigation planning? Check out recordings of our latest Hazus Quarterly Webinars below.

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May 2021 Webinar

How to Quantify Flood Risk: an Open Source Hazus Walkthrough. Learn about FEMA's Flood Assessment Structure Tool (FAST), an open source tool that rapidly analyzes structure-level flood risk using best-available science from federal agencies and engineers. Watch members from FEMA’s Hazus program demonstrate a live analysis and hear from project leaders who have leveraged the tool for risk assessment initiatives in Hawaii, North Carolina and West Virginia

Hazus Software and Open-Source Tool Releases

The Hazus Team is excited to announce the following releases:

Hazus 5.0 Release: FEMA’s Hazus Team has released a new version of Hazus software with major data and software improvements. Hurricane modeling capabilities were added for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including updated inventory and territory-specific damage and loss functions. Download Hazus 5.0 and the updated territory databases today to begin assessing risk in your community.

  • Flood Assessment Structure Tool (FAST): FAST is an open-source tool that rapidly analyzes building-level flood risk using the Hazus flood model methodology. FEMA designed FAST to make building-specific flood risk assessments quicker, simpler, and more resource effective.
  • Hazus Export tool: Hazus Export is an open-source tool for a quick and easy extraction of Hazus results. This aids in visualizing risk assessment results to support risk communication and a deeper analysis.
  • New Inventory Data: New baseline statewide risk assessment databases for U.S. territories and updated infrastructure data nationwide are now available for download. Updates to the infrastructure data include information about bridges and critical facilities. These updates will substantially increase the accuracy of Hazus risk analysis projects.

The Hazus Team Presents Key Updates at National Earthquake Conference in San Diego, March 2020

The Hazus Team demonstrated the importance of recent nationwide infrastructure data updates by performing a comparative analysis of the Rose Canyon San Diego Earthquake Scenario. The results were unveiled during this year's National Earthquake Conference. Analysis results showed a 10% increase in losses driven by the newer infrastructure data, as well as a complete shift in bridge performance. This highlights the importance of using accurate risk information to identify the best mitigation opportunities.

The Hazus Program Partners with Homeland Infrastructure Foundation Level Data for Latest Nationwide Facilities

Hazus program partners and the Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data (HIFLD) program updated nationwide point and segment locations for infrastructure layers. They developed an automated process to ensure all Hazus facility and infrastructure layers are updated annually using the latest available data directly from HIFLD.

Events

Hazus Risk Assessment Symposium

The Hazus Risk Assessment Symposium is a biennial meeting that brings together about 100 attendees from the risk assessment community. Attendees engage in presentations and panel discussions on the future of hazard and risk information. The symposium is designed to help risk assessment and mitigation experts discuss innovative risk analysis techniques, incorporating risk data into mitigation and policy initiatives, and the future of risk assessment science and technology.

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For more information about where Hazus will be presented in the coming year, contact the Hazus Team.

Hazus Quarterly Newsletters and Webinars

The Hazus Team publishes a quarterly newsletter and hosts a quarterly webinar to inform members of the emergency management community about the latest improvements in risk assessment data, methods, and tools. The quarterly content keeps Hazus stakeholders informed about program efforts and generates productive discussion among risk assessment professionals about best practices. We feature innovative risk assessment projects from communities across the country and abroad.

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To receive quarterly newsletters and webinar invites, sign up for email updates from the Hazus Program.

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The Hazus Team is always interested in learning about Hazus risk assessment projects. To share project for publication in the Hazus Quarterly Newsletter or presentation on the Hazus Quarterly Webinar, please send us an email.