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.
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 educates users on the application of Hazus earthquake, flood, hurricane, and tsunami models. These resources 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.
Questions about training? 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:
- Hazus Virtual Training Library YouTube Playlist - Getting Started
- Hazus Virtual Training Library YouTube Playlist - Managing Inventory Data
- Hazus Virtual Training Library YouTube Playlist - Working with Hazard Data
- Hazus Virtual Training Library YouTube Playlist - Analysis and Sharing
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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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.
Hazus estimated annualized earthquake losses for the United States, No. FEMA P-366. Federal Emergency Management Agency, April 2017.