FEMA Flood Map Service Center: Hazus
FEMA’s Methodology for Estimating Potential Losses from Disasters
Hazus is a nationally applicable standardized methodology that contains models for estimating potential losses from earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes. Hazus uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to estimate physical, economic, and social impacts of disasters. It graphically illustrates the limits of identified high-risk locations due to earthquake, hurricane and floods. Users can then visualize the spatial relationships between populations and other more permanently fixed geographic assets or resources for the specific hazard being modeled, a crucial function in the pre-disaster planning process.
For more information about the Hazus program, please visit the Hazus home page. From there, you can learn how to:
- Stay connected with the Hazus Community by joining your local Hazus User Group
- Sign up for Hazus Training from FEMA's Emergency Management Institute
- Find technical support at the Hazus Help Desk
Hazus 4.0 Release
On March 20, 2017, the Hazus Team deployed the Hazus Tsunami Module as part of the Hazus 4.0 release. This release is a full-versioned software release with a number of key highlights, including:
- Territory Analysis: This release represents the first time that analysis will be available for U.S. Pacific territories (Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, and and U.S. Virgin Islands).
- New Point Format: The Hazus General Building Stock (GBS) for the Tsunami release will use a new National Structure Inventory (NSI) point format (details in User Release Notes available with download).
- Case Studies: The Tsunami Module will require user-provided data, so the Hazus Team has provided five case study datasets for users, which will be available on the MSC download site.
- Two Types of Damage Analysis: Users will be able to run both near-source (Earthquake + Tsunami) and distant-source (Tsunami only) damage analysis.
Domestic and international users may select the "Hazus-MH Application" link below to download the software. As an alternative, you may opt to manage the download and select the items you wish to obtain. Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox web browsers are recommended to perform the download. Google Chrome is not supported. Hazus-MH 3.2 must be installed with ArcGIS 10.4.
NOTE: You must uninstall any existing versions of Hazus and all Microsoft SQL components from your computer before downloading and ensure that you have ArcGIS 10.4 on your computer. When installing ArcGIS 10.4, a patch must be applied for Hazus 4.0 to properly display ArcGIS attribute tables from the ArcMap Table of Contents. Additional details are available in the User Release Notes as part of the Hazus Installation package. The patch is available at: http://support.esri.com/download/7427. Please read the Getting Started Guide in the HAZUS_APP folder from the MSC download for further details..
Users wishing to preserve their study regions and transfer them to Hazus 4.0 may do so, but only if they are operating on the most recent version of Hazus (3.2). They will be able to follow the steps outlined in the Getting Started Guide available with the download to extract their study regions in Hazus 3.2 and then upload them into 4.0 once it is downloaded. For questions or issues, feel free to contact the Hazus Help Desk at email@example.com.
For the Tsunami Module, users must supply their own data for analysis. To assist in preparing this data, the Hazus Team has provided five case study datasets for users, which are available at the bottom of this page for download through a zip file. Users can model their own datasets after these samples.
If you require assistance downloading the software, please email the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) at FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com.