National Institute of Building Sciences & FEMA: HAZUS (Hazards-US)
HAZUS-MH is FEMA’s nationally-applicable, multi-hazard damage and loss estimation tool. Emergency managers and other government officials use HAZUS-MH for planning, response, and mitigation analyses.
ARA developed the HAZUS-MH as a geographical information system that includes extensive databases of populations and the built environment in the United States.
The HAZUS-MH hurricane model predicts physical damage, social losses, and economic losses due to hurricane winds. ARA programmed HAZUS-MH to:
- model storm surges
- develop rapid loss estimates
- forecast uncertainties
- improve report findings
- account for the effects of storm duration
- model island territories hurricane wind fields, tree blow downs
- present mitigation options for additional building types
- support software build development
- provide technical support
HAZUS was used extensively during the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons at the federal, regional, state and local levels to estimate damages, loss, debris and post-storm public shelter requirements. The third release of HAZUS debuted in 2006.