A special Amerisurv Feature Article – Created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), HAZUS is a nationally applicable methodology for estimating potential damage, economic loss, and social impacts from disasters. In September 2007 FEMA released…
In September 2007 FEMA released HAZUS-MH MR3 (which stands for Hazards U.S. Multi-Hazard, Version 1.3). Under the direction of Professor Larry Shubat, GIS students at the University of Akron’s Summit College explored the capabilities of the software in conjunction with ESRI’s ArcInfo digital mapping software.
The software is an additional tool in today’s digital mapping arena that supports preparations and mitigation for potential disaster planning. As described on FEMA’s website, “The HAZUS-MH Flood Model is capable of assessing riverine and coastal flooding. It estimates potential damage to all classes of buildings, essential facilities, transportation and utility lifelines, vehicles, and agricultural crops. The model addresses building debris generation and shelter requirements. Direct losses are estimated based on physical damage to structures, contents, and building interiors. The effects of flood warning are taken into account, as are flow velocity effects.”
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