FEMA Region IV Strengthens Disaster Preparedness Nationwide by Sharing HAZUS Expertise

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FEMA Region IV is comprised of eight states in the southeast (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee). The Region has been using HAZUS successfully since 2004 in pre- and post-disaster capacities. Joe Rachel, FEMA Region IV, HAZUS Program Manager, formed the FEMA Region IV (Southeast) HAZUS Technical Team. This team is a type of HAZUS User Group combining the expertise of various stakeholders. With Joe Rachel’s leadership, the Region has made a commitment to growing and sharing HAZUS capabilities within the Region as well as nationally. Joe Rachel and the HAZUS Technical Team are proponents of HAZUS User Groups nationwide. They supported the formation of the Florida HAZUS User Group and were integral in its success. Recently, the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and FEMA Region VII looked to the FEMA Region IV HAZUS Technical Team for HAZUS guidance related to disaster exercises.
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